Idaho School Funding Formula – Talking Points for Schools
As you may already know, the Idaho legislature authorized the Public School Funding Formula Interim Committee in 2016 to study the state’s K-12 school funding formula. In March, the legislature authorized the committee to develop a new school funding formula for Idaho. To achieve this goal, the committee has contracted with the Education Commission of the States (ECS). They will be meeting with various state education groups and professionals to discuss potential changes to the state’s school funding formula. To help inform those conversations we are sharing ICSN talking points for those school leaders who are asked to engage in this process. If you are asked we strongly encourage you to speak with ECS. Your voice matters!
Public Charter Schools 101
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that foster a relationship between parents, teachers and students to create an environment where parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate, and students are provided the structure best suited for their learning. By giving teachers the freedom to innovate and try new ways to improve student achievement, public charter schools can be more responsive and create an environment tailored to the needs of individual students, while still being held more accountable for student learning. Public charter schools are able to operate with increased flexibility as a result of operating outside of district bureaucracies.
Public Charter Schools Performance
Public charter schools are some of America’s top-performing schools. A quarter of the Best High Schools in America, according to Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report, are public charter schools, even though they comprise just over 6 percent of the nation’s public high schools. A higher percentage of charter students graduate high school and are accepted into a college or university than students in traditional public schools.
In Idaho, public charter schools are perennially some of the state’s highest performing public schools on state achievement tests in both English Language Arts and mathematics, and on the SAT. Idaho charter school students show more academic growth than their traditional district school peers, and this is true for all students, economically disadvantaged students and minority students.