Sunday, November 10, 2013

Idaho Ed News: State Trustees Support Common Core, Restoring Pre-Recession Funding

Posted By on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Two months after Idaho (Common) Core Standards were rolled out in tens of thousands of Gem State classrooms, school board members from across the state have formally endorsed the dramatic change.

Idaho Ed News reports that, at its annual convention in Coeur d'Alene Nov. 8, members of the Idaho School Boards Association voted 2,910 to 492 to support Idaho Core.

A 20-minute debate preceded the vote, the maximum allowed time for formal discourse at the convention.

Idaho Ed News' Jennifer Swindell reports that Boise Independent School District Board Member Nancy Gregory sponsored the resolution, saying the ISBA needed to "voice our support for this higher level of student achievement possibility."

But Madison School District Board Member Brian Pyper pushed back, saying, "I've never seen such anxiety and uncertainty among teachers in my life. I see a lot of fear."

The ISBA also voted to approve six other resolutions, which will become planks of the organization's legislative platform during the 2014 session of the Idaho Legislature. The ISBA agreed that it would push to restore "discretionary funding" to pre-recession levels. It also agreed to advocate for a knowledge and skill-based salary index in an effort to hold on to more quality teachers.

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