2022 IASB Legislative Priorities

  • EDUCATOR QUALITY

    TEACHER RECRUITMENT & LICENSURE 

    Supports additional tools to attract individuals to the teaching profession, especially for teacher shortage areas including:

    • Alternative teacher licensure upon completion of research-based teaching pedagogy training in addition to content knowledge in a curricular area;
    • Pathways for individuals with non-traditional educational backgrounds to meet licensure qualifications;
    • Reciprocity agreements with other states with high-quality education programs so as to increase diversity among our certified teachers and administrators;
    • Expansion of programs such as: Teach Iowa Scholar, Troops To Teachers, Teacher Intern Program, and others as approved by the Board of Educational Examiners; and 
    • Programs designed to recruit teachers that will better match the demographic makeup of our student population.
    • Advocate for funding of loan forgiveness programs and grants that will make education careers a viable option. 

    FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND STEWARDSHIP

    SCHOOL FUNDING POLICY

    Supports a school foundation formula that:

    • Provides sufficient and timely funding to meet eduation goals;
    • Equalizes per pupil funding
    • Provides a funding mechanism for transportation costs that reduces the pressure on the general fund and addresses inequities between school districts;
    • Includes factors based on changes in demographics including socio-economic status, remedial programming, and enrollment challenges;
    • Reflects actual costs for special education services;
    • Incorporates categorical funding in the formula within three years; and 
    • Include a mix of state aid and property taxes

    SUPPLEMENTAL STATE AID

    Supports setting supplemental state aid:

    • At a rate that sufficiently supports local districts’ efforts to plan, create and sustain world-class schools;
    • For FY 2022, by January 29, 2022; and
    • For FY 2023 and future budget years, at least 14 months prior to the certification of the school’s district budgets.

    Setting supplemental state aid within the statutory requirements allows districts to make sound financial decisions on programs, staffing levels, and providing the best possible education to all students.
    IASB supports a formula driven method for establishing the supplemental state aid growth rate if it is not set within the statutory requirements. 

    BOND ISSUES

    Supports allowing school bond issues to be passed by a simple majority vote.
    Supports the authority to levy a combination of property taxes and income surtaxes to pay the indebtedness.
    Supports legislation to clarify that revenue bonds do not count toward a 5 percent statutory debt limit.

    GOVERNANCE

    LOCAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND DECISION-MAKING

    Supports providing local school boards with decision-making authority regarding methods to accomplish desired educational outcomes. IASB opposes overly restrictive or inefficient limitations which inhibit innovation, efficiency, and the ability of school boards to meet local needs. Local accountability and decision-making includes:

    • Student Achievement: As locally elected officials, school boards should have the ability to set priorities, customize programming, and maximize community strengths to improve outcomes for all students;
    • Accountability & Reporting: Data collection for state accountability should enhance the ability of school boards to focus on student learning and school improvement. IASB supports streamlining state-level reporting on management operations and eliminating duplicative or inefficient reporting processes;
    • Funding flexibility: School boards should have the ability to maximize existing resources to meet local needs;
    • Transparency: School boards should have flexibility to provide public access to records in ways that promote transparency for citizens while balancing the cost to taxpayers; and
    • Flexibility on Health and Safety Emergencies: School boards should have the ability to make decisions, in partnership with local health officials, regarding the health and safety needs of students, staff, families and the community.