State Board of Education Approves Temporary Enrollment Rule for Funding Public Schools
BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho State Board of Education on Wednesday approved a temporary rule changing the methodology for calculating average daily attendance for funding public schools from daily attendance to average full-time equivalent workforce (FTE) for the current school year.
The enrollment methodology for average full-time equivalent students is based on weekly enrollment reports and includes restrictions based on student absenteeism.
The action occurred at the regular state council meeting in Boise and this is the second year in a row that the council has adopted a temporary rule to account for fluctuations in attendance caused by the COVID-pandemic. 19.
The Council will also introduce legislation during the 2022 legislative session to make the move to enrollment-based funding permanent.
“With so many students staying home this year, feeling sick and in quarantine, our public schools, system-wide, are at risk of losing nearly $ 100 million if we fund the system. only on the basis of daily attendance this year, “said Chairman of the Board Kurt Liebich. . “We are already working with legislators and stakeholders to make a definite move to FTE workforce-based funding. We just can’t risk such big funding this year. Our school board members, administrators and educators already have enough to worry about and stable funding shouldn’t be one of them.
Other actions from today’s board meeting include:
- First reading approval of a revised version of its Higher Education Policy III.B. Academic freedom and responsibility. The amended policy is much broader than the original board policy, covering the freedom and responsibility of faculty, students and institutions. The current policy, decades old, is less than a page and only concerns faculty. Council will review the amended 8-page policy for final approval when it meets in February.
- Approval of Lewis-Clark State College’s plan to purchase College Place Residence Hall, located adjacent to the LCSC campus. The College Place purchase price must not exceed $ 5.2 million and will be paid both with the institution’s reserve funds and $ 4 million in tax-exempt bonds.
- Approval of Idaho State University’s plan to move forward with construction to modernize the ISU library. The $ 2.96 million project will be funded by a philanthropic donation of $ 1.7 million, $ 760,000 in institutional funds and a contribution of $ 500,000 from the ISU food supplier. ISU has also been given the green light to go ahead with a $ 20.2 million project to renovate and expand Leonard Hall, which is home to the institution’s College of Pharmacy. The ISU has received pledges totaling $ 16 million for the project and has submitted a request to the Permanent Construction Fund Advisory Board for an additional $ 3.4 million to be spent on the project.
- Approved a request by the University of Idaho to launch a “4 + 1” program that allows undergraduate resident students to continue into a non-thesis master’s program without having to pay graduate school tuition. The U of I believes the program will inspire students to pursue higher education, thereby improving their employment prospects after graduation.
- Trust zone proposals approved for the College of Southern Idaho (CSI). The new Magic Valley areas are based on the 2020 US Census. Each area is represented by a CSI proxy. The board of trustees will review the trust zone proposals for other Idaho community colleges at a later date.