The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education Monday approved a list of legislative priorities for the 2013-14 legislative session. Iowa Association of School boards lobbyists will compile the priorities and carry them before the Iowa General Assembly.
The priorities are:
n Student achievement/equity - adequate funding for ELL.
n Finance - supports setting allowable growth rate that encourages continuous student achievement.
n Local control - support repeal of the legislated start date.
n Local control - support legislation that provides greater flexibility for school districts to meet changing needs, become more efficient, protect natural resources and save public funds.
n Student achievement/equity - preserve sales tax for school infrastructure, levy buy down provisions.
Dist. 7 Rep. Tedd Gassman said he had voted for the education bill and Common Core which lawmakers will look at very closely in the next session with the possibility they might do something else. He said this session was the first time in 10 years lawmakers had fully funded the homestead credit.
Citing his 12 years on a school board - five years as board president at Thompson - Gassman said he understood board members' concerns. He also pointed to lawmakers' coming up for money for allowable growth plus another $31 to reduce K-3 class sizes.