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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 36
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint an interim
committee to undertake and complete a study of public school academic
exiting standards and to make recommendations.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 36
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO
3 APPOINT A COMMITTEE TO UNDERTAKE AND COMPLETE A STUDY OF PUBLIC SCHOOL
4 EXITING STANDARDS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.
5 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Idaho, Section 1, Article IX,
7 charges the legislature with the duty to establish and maintain a general,
8 uniform and thorough system of public free common schools; and
9 WHEREAS, the legislature has in part defined thoroughness in the public
10 school system to include the teaching of skills to communicate effectively,
11 and a basic curriculum necessary to enter academic or vocational postsecondary
12 educational programs; and
13 WHEREAS, the legislature believes that establishment of strong academic
14 exiting standards is part of its constitutional responsibility in the mainte-
15 nance of a uniform and thorough system of public common schools; and
16 WHEREAS, the legislature believes that the state of Idaho should establish
17 minimum exiting standards for grades 1 through 12 in our public schools, and
18 allow local school boards to create curriculum programs and guides to properly
19 prepare students to meet or exceed those standards.
20 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
21 sion of the Fifty-fourth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
22 the Senate concurring therein, that the Legislative Council is authorized to
23 appoint a committee to undertake and complete a study of available public
24 school information from the more than thirty states which have adopted exiting
25 standards, with the goal of creating strong minimum academic standards, grades
26 1 through 12, for presentation and adoption at the next legislative session.
27 The proposed standards should allow for local school board adoption of curric-
28 ulum and guides that create a foundation and means of accomplishment for the
29 new standards. The Legislative Council shall determine the number of legisla-
30 tors and membership from each house appointed to the committee and shall
31 authorize the committee to receive input, advice and assistance from inter-
32 ested and affected parties who are not members of the legislature.
33 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that nonlegislative members of the committee may be
34 appointed by the cochairs of the committee who are appointed by the Legisla-
35 tive Council. Nonlegislative members of the advisory committee shall not be
36 reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem, mileage or other expenses and
37 shall not have voting privileges regarding the committee's recommendations and
38 proposed legislation.
39 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the committee shall report its findings, rec-
40 ommendations and proposed legislation to the First Regular Session of the
41 Fifty-fifth Idaho Legislature.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This resolution would authorize the Legislative Council to appoint
an interim study committee to undertake, complete a study, and
make recommendations on exiting standards for public schools
grades 1 through 12.
If this resolution is adopted by the Legislature and the committee
is appointed by the Legislative Council, any necessary legislator
travel and per diem expense would be paid from the existing
legislative appropriation to the Senate and House of
Representatives. Funding for staff support and expenses would be
provided from the existing appropriation to the Legislative Council
for Legislative Services Office. There would be no additional
impact upon the state General Fund as a result of this resolution.
CONTACT: Representative Ron Black
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE