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Mission, Vision, & Standards

Mission
Provide leadership and services to local school boards for the benefit of students and for the advocacy of public education.

Vision
Trustee leadership for excellence in Idaho public education.

The Standards of the Idaho School Boards Association

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.

2014 Proposed Resolutions

The Proposed Resolutions for the 2014 legislative session are now available here. The ISBA Executive Board has met and reviewed the Resolutions. The Board’s recommendation can be found at the bottom of each Resolution along with the name(s) of the submitting district(s). The Board respectfully requests that trustees meet to discuss these Resolutions and decide how each district will vote prior to the Business Session of the Annual Convention in November. To ensure that your district’s voice is heard on the Resolutions each district will need to have at least one trustee attend the Business Session.

21st Century Leaders Take Note!

The last few years have brought much talk of “21st century skills” but little certainty about why and how skill demands are actually changing. Will students really need better or different skills to succeed in life and work in the 21st century? If so what trends are behind such changes? And what specific kinds of knowledge and skills will be most important? The ISBA Annual Convention is one great place to explore these issues. Here are some points to ponder.

Broadly speaking, five major lessons emerge from the expert research and opinion on what kinds of knowledge and skills will most benefit students in the future: