Legislative Priorities

  • Early Literacy (Student Achievement and Accountability)

    • Supports the continued development of and funding for research on best practices for improving proficiency in early literacy strategies.
    • Supports continued funding for professional development and classroom intervention strategies focused on implementing best practices for early literacy in grades PK-3.
    • Supports the continuation of programs currently funded by the early intervention block grant program with flexibility to use those funds for other K-3 literacy programs if approved by the school board.
    • Supports additional funding for programs designed to ensure that all students meet literacy expectations by the end of 3rd grade.


    Mental Health (Student Achievement and Accountability)

    • Supports efforts to establish comprehensive community mental health systems to offer preventative and treatment services and comprehensive school mental health programs that include:
    • In-school and telehealth access for students to mental health professionals;
    • Creation of a categorical funding stream designated for mental health professionals;
    • Reimbursement by Medicaid and private insurers for in-school services;
    • Ongoing teacher, administrator, and support staff training to improve the awareness and understanding of child emotional and mental health needs;
    • Integration of suicide prevention and coping skills into existing curriculum;
    • Expanding state-funded loan forgiveness programs to include mental health professionals who agree to provide services to schools; and
    • An ongoing mental health resources clearinghouse for schools and community providers.


    Teacher Leadership and Development (Educator Quality)

    Supports research-based programs and funding to develop strong instructional leadership including:

    • teacher leadership and development
    • beginning teacher mentoring programs
    • quality professional development programs.


    Supplemental State Aid (Fiscal Responsibility and Stewardship)

    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 31, 2021; 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.

Last Modified on December 2, 2020