College trustees will weigh in on tiered licensure

When the state’s college superintendents and college trustees meet in Boise this week, they’ll be place on the spot on the tiered licensure controversy.

They’ll also have a extended listing of school financing troubles on the agenda.

ISBA business session

School trustees convene to vote during the Idaho School Boards Association’s 2013 convention.

The Idaho School Boards Association’s annual convention commences Wednesday at Boise’s Riverside Hotel. It ends with a organization session Friday morning — an open caucus of sorts, as college trustees from across the state accept or reject a series of resolutions. These votes will give the lobbying wish list for the ISBA, as it heads into the 2015 legislative session.

Amongst the best objects:

Tiered licensure. The Idaho Falls School District is operating on a resolution opposing tiered licensure — a strategy to produce 3 sorts of instructor certificates, as a linchpin for identifying instructor spend. Teachers would move from one particular tier to the next based mostly on student overall performance and neighborhood evaluations.

The program has previously drawn fire from a single stakeholder group, the Idaho Training Association, and teachers turned out in force to testify towards the prepare throughout State Board of Education hearings final month. The State Board meets Thursday afternoon, one day prior to the ISBA enterprise session, and might vote to existing the tiered licensure plan to the Legislature.

The ISBA’s executive board has not but observed Idaho Falls’ proposal, and has taken no place on it.

Effect costs. The West Ada College District would like the authority to collect impact fees from new residential growth, to help cover the value for necessary college additions. West Ada, the state’s greatest school district, has a prolonged history of in search of bond issues to meet the demands of enrollment growth nonetheless, in August, a $ 104 million bond situation fell brief of the two-thirds supermajority essential for passage.

The ISBA executive board supports this proposal.

The supermajority. The Moscow School District needs the state to chill out the two-thirds supermajority requirement. According to the resolution: “Any reduction of this extremely higher approval fee that is necessary would support offer far better school facilities in Idaho.”

Repealing the supermajority is a tall order, considering that it is written into the Idaho Constitution. An amendment would need to have two-thirds help in each homes, and voter approval. The ISBA board would like to see a reduction in the supermajority.

Sales tax for school construction? The Lewiston College District has had no luck convincing property owners to pay for a new large college. So now the district wants to pursue a nearby-selection income tax to bankroll the undertaking.

It is a novel proposition. In 2004, Nez Perce County voters accredited a half-cent sales tax to construct a new jail — a rare exception in a state that grants restricted regional taxing authority. The jail has been constructed and the jail product sales tax is going away, so now the college district would like to piggyback on the regional-alternative revenue tax concept.

The ISBA has taken no place on the proposal.

Labor laws. College trustees will consider another appear at some contentious collective bargaining troubles: a law permitting college districts to impose their final best supply if events fail to come to terms a law making it possible for districts to lower salaries in the course of a fiscal crisis and a law making it possible for districts to consider variables other than seniority when they are forced to minimize personnel.

These provisions had been component of the failed Proposition 1 labor overhaul, and legislators have voted them back into law. But these laws are set to expire, and the ISBA board desires to see them extended.

Charter colleges. Do the state’s charter college administrators deserve equal footing inside the ISBA — as total-fledged members that can propose and vote on the group’s legislative resolutions?

That could be a sensitive topic, ISBA executive director Karen Echeverria says. She acknowledges that some administrators have heartburn more than the state’s increasing quantity of charter schools, which can sap funding from conventional schools. She expects a close vote on this concern — a alter in bylaws, requiring two-thirds assistance.

Echeverria sees a strategic benefit to bringing the charters aboard. “I feel it helps make our lobbying efforts even much more strong,” she mentioned Monday. “They deal with the identical problems that traditional schools have to.”

Sherri Ybarra? The newly elected state superintendent will not deal with the convention. That was the ISBA’s call, not Ybarra’s. “We just just did not have any time on our agenda,” Echeverria stated.

Examine back at Idaho Schooling News in the course of the week for complete convention coverage.

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