Tri States Public Radio Staff
Used for Lobbying in Des Moines.
Thu August 15, 2013
Burlington Schools Set Priorities
The Burlington School Board would like the the Iowa Legislature to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to new rules and regulations.
Each fall, the Iowa Association of School Boards asks its members to help set the organization’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session.
Each panel is told to select up to five priorities from a list of 37.
The Burlington School Board wants the statewide priority list to include continued development of the Iowa Core and legislation adding drop-out prevention to the funding formula.
Superintendent Jane Evans says it also wants to see legislation that requires any dnew mandate include the money to pay for it.
She says an example of this is how districts must now run background checks on employees, which is an unexpected expense.
Burlington’s other identified priorities are allowing more flexibility with allowable growth and funding public education as the state’s number one priority.
The Iowa Association of School Boards will identify the overall list later this fall.