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Apply Now for 2014 Magna Awards

Between now and Oct. 31, your district can apply for the 2014 Magna Awards, American School Board Journal's annual program that honors best practices in school districts. Co-sponsored by the National School Boards Association and Sodexo School Services (, the Magna Awards recognize programs that showcase district leadership, creativity, innovation, and commitment to student achievement. Nominations are judged in one of three categories -- under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 students; and over 20,000 students. One grand prize winner is selected in each category and receives a $4,000 contribution from Sodexo. Five additional winners and five honorable mention recipients also are selected from each enrollment category.

Only nominations submitted online will be accepted. To be eligible, your school district must be in the United States or the U.S. Virgin Islands and be a member of your state school boards association. For more information, visit our Magna information webpage, or contact Margaret Suslick at 703-838-6739.

2014 Proposed Bylaw Changes

In addition to the 2014 Proposed Resolutions, member districts will also be voting on two bylaw amendments at the Business Session during the Annual Convention. The Business Session will be held November 8, 2013 in Coeur d'Alene.

Article IX - Voting (Resolution and Bylaw Voting Structure) - View PDF Bylaw
The ISBA Resolution and Bylaw voting structure is based on student population broken into eight (8) strata. The eight strata were created in 2003 and the student population breakdowns have not changed since then.

K-12 Education System Interim Committee Update

During its all-day meeting on Thursday, September 12th, the Legislature's K-12 Educational System Interim Committee invited representatives of three key stakeholder groups - the state’s school boards association, school administrators association and teachers union - to share what they see as the most pressing challenges and needs. All said funding, in the wake of steep budget cuts since 2009. The state budget now allocates only $20,000 per classroom for operational costs; in 2009, it was $25,696. Schools have lost $82.5 million a year in state funding.