Legislative Priorities

Legislative priorities identify the most critical changes in state policy - and serve as a focal point for grassroots advocacy efforts of Iowa school boards and their association.

Bettendorf Community School District
2016-2017 Legislative Priorities

  1. Supplemental State Aid
    Supports setting supplemental state aid:
    a. 400 days (or 14 months) prior to the certification of the school district's budget
    b. at the rate of 4% to encourage continuous school improvement and reflect the actual cost increases experienced by school districts and AEAs.

    The priority is to increase the state cost per pupil and the spending authority associated with it to build a strong base for future education resources.

  2. State Penny for School Infrastructure
    Supports preserving the integrity of the statewide penny sales tax for school infrastructure, including the tax equity provisions of buying down the highest additional levy rates to the state average, and supports the extension of the statewide penny by the repeal of the Dec. 31, 2029 sunset.

  3. At-Risk Student Weighting & Dropout Prevention
    Supports the inclusion of drop-out prevention and funding for at-risk students in the foundation formula and the inclusion of socio-economic status as a factor in determining a student's at-risk status. Supports increased flexibility in the use of drop-out prevention and at-risk funding. Supports allowing districts to apply the rules for "supplemental weighted dollars" to all drop-out prevention program dollars.

  4. Early Literacy Funding
    Supports the development of and funding for research on best practices for early literacy strategies. IASB supports funding for professional development and classroom intervention strategies focused on implementing best practices for early literacy in grades PK-3. 5.

  5. Mental Health
    Supports increased statewide access to and funding for mental health services for children.

  6. Special Education
    Supports predictable and timely state funding to serve students receiving special education services at a level that reflects the actual cost including educational programming and health care costs. Supports the federal commitment to fund 40 percent of the cost of educating students receiving special education services and requests that the federal government fulfill that commitment by increasing funding a minimum of 8 percent per year until the 40 percent figure is achieved.