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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 134<br /> – International education


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SCR134...............................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION - Stating findings of the Legislature and
supporting specified international education.

03/06    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/07    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
03/10    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Burkett
    Title apvd - to House
03/11    House intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
03/18    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/19    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/21    3rd rdg - FAILED - 30-32-8
      AYES -- Bilbao, Block, Bock, Boe, Bradford, Chavez, Chew, Durst,
      Henbest, Killen, King, LeFavour, Mortimer, Pasley-Stuart, Pence,
      Ringo, Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(02), Shirley,
      Shively, Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass, Trail, Vander Woude, Wills,
      Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Andrus, Barrett, Bayer, Bell, Bolz, Bowers, Brackett,
      Chadderdon, Crane, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart, Harwood, Henderson,
      Labrador, Lake, Loertscher, Luker, Marriott, Mathews, McGeachin,
      Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Patrick, Raybould, Roberts, Shepherd(08),
      Stevenson, Thayn, Thomas, Wood(35)
      Absent and excused -- Anderson, Bedke, Black, Clark, Collins, Jaquet,
      Kren, Wood(27)
    Floor Sponsor - Trail
    Ret'd to Senate
    Filed in Office of the Secretary of Senate

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  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                   Second Regular Session - 2008


                                       IN THE SENATE

                            SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 134

                              BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE

  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

  3    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

  4        WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that international education is a key  cor-
  5    nerstone  to  Idaho's global competitiveness and international education is of
  6    vital  importance  to  Idaho's  economy   by   providing   opportunities   for
  7    transformational  learning, citizenship and leadership, contributing to diver-
  8    sity  both  in  and  outside  the  classroom,  enhancing  both  academic   and
  9    cocurricular  programs,  and  promoting cross-cultural understanding among its
 10    citizens; and
 11        WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that Idaho is committed to recruiting  stu-
 12    dents  from  many parts of the world to study in our educational institutions.
 13    Between 2006 and 2007, 1,969 international students and their families studied
 14    and lived in Idaho, contributing $31.6 million in tuition, fees and  expenses.
 15    Many  international  students are engaged in research that results in products
 16    and services that directly benefit Idaho's economy and  improve  the  everyday
 17    lives of its citizens; and
 18        WHEREAS,  when  international  students return to their home countries and
 19    gain influential positions in companies and society,  they  are  an  important
 20    asset  to  Idaho. International alumni spread recognition and a positive image
 21    of Idaho and the United States in their home countries and they are also vital
 22    in developing networks and connections for Idaho businesses and higher  educa-
 23    tion throughout the world; and
 24        WHEREAS,  at  the kindergarten through grade 12 levels, international stu-
 25    dents bring diverse perspectives, provide opportunities  for  learning  toler-
 26    ance,  and  enrich  their  peers'  social and political understanding of other
 27    countries and cultures; and
 28        WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that Idaho is committed to providing  study
 29    abroad  opportunities  for  its  students.  In 2005, Idaho Senator Larry Craig
 30    cosponsored U.S. Senate Resolution 308, proclaiming 2006 as the Year of  Study
 31    Abroad.  The  world  is full of pressing challenges, including hunger, poverty
 32    and disease; and
 33        WHEREAS, study abroad is a springboard for students to become  engaged  in
 34    real  world  problems,  helping  them  become better communicators and problem
 35    solvers, hone leadership skills and gain empathy for those who  are  suffering
 36    from  economic  hardship, famine or tyranny. Study abroad helps transform stu-
 37    dents into globally informed citizens, unafraid  to  grapple  with  the  tough
 38    questions and obstacles of tomorrow; and
 39        WHEREAS,  to bring multinational companies to Idaho and provide local com-
 40    panies with international expertise, Idaho's workforce must  gain  the  global
 41    competency to address the needs of business; and
 42        WHEREAS,  the best method for our students to achieve global competency is
 43    through direct international experience integrated into their education; and
 44        WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that Idaho is committed to bringing  inter-


  1    national artists, performances, exhibitions, conferences, events and forums to
  2    its  educational  institutions  and  communities. Idaho festivals, such as the
  3    Lionel Hampton International Jazz  Festival,  recently  awarded  the  nation's
  4    highest honor, the National Medal of Arts, inspire our youth by offering clin-
  5    ics  and  workshops  where  they  can  learn  from  celebrated  musicians  and
  6    performers.  International performances and exhibitions not only entertain us,
  7    they challenge Idahoans to rethink their conceptions about the world. Interna-
  8    tional events and forums provide a platform to explore and generate  open  and
  9    honest debate on important topics such as global warming, the war on terrorism
 10    and genocide; and
 11        WHEREAS,    the   Legislature   finds   that   Idaho   is   committed   to
 12    internationalizing the curriculum at kindergarten through grade 12 schools and
 13    at colleges and universities; and
 14        WHEREAS, course offerings at Idaho educational institutions  must  reflect
 15    the  global  aspect  in every discipline. For instance, a computer produced in
 16    Idaho may have parts from Mexico, be marketed in Europe, and have product sup-
 17    port from India. Research that used to be conducted in relative  isolation  is
 18    much  more  likely  these days to be facilitated through collaborative efforts
 19    with scientific labs abroad; and
 20        WHEREAS, in order to produce students able to compete  successfully  in  a
 21    global  marketplace, Idaho kindergarten through grade 12 schools, colleges and
 22    universities must prepare them for that experience; and
 23        WHEREAS, Idahoans need to be conversant in other languages, learn  how  to
 24    effectively  network with people from other countries, feel as at ease working
 25    in Boise or in Coeur d'Alene as in Shanghai or Nairobi. Idaho educational cur-
 26    riculum needs to prepare Idahoans to be globally engaged citizens and leaders;
 27    and
 28        WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that Idaho is committed to expanding inter-
 29    national trade. In 2006, Idaho exports exceeded $3.7 billion and  were  linked
 30    to  nearly 10% of its workforce. Key markets for Idaho's goods included China,
 31    Canada, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Taiwan and Japan; and
 32        WHEREAS, Idaho companies and higher education institutions are engaged  in
 33    developing  new  products, technologies and innovative ways to globally market
 34    their products; and
 35        WHEREAS, higher educational institutions in  Idaho  provide  foreign  lan-
 36    guage,  area  studies  and  cross-cultural communication courses. They promote
 37    mutual understanding between Idahoans and people from other parts of the world
 38    and train business executives and personnel in successful strategies  to  com-
 39    pete in markets abroad; and
 40        WHEREAS,  the  Legislature  finds that Idaho recognizes that international
 41    students and scholars contribute significantly to the cultural,  artistic  and
 42    social fabric of Idaho's educational institutions and communities; that inter-
 43    national  trade,  supported  through  international  education, is critical to
 44    Idaho's  economy;  that  international  exchange  and  study  abroad   promote
 45    transformational learning and global competency; that international festivals,
 46    events  and  forums sponsored by Idaho's educational institutions promote cul-
 47    tural awareness and appreciation of the arts, and provide an  avenue  for  the
 48    important  issues of our time to be examined and that the internationalization
 49    of curriculum at Idaho educational institutions and schools is crucial to pre-
 50    paring students for an increasingly interconnected world.
 51        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second  Regular  Ses-
 52    sion  of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of Repre-
 53    sentatives concurring therein, that Idaho supports:
 54        (1)  Infusing courses with international topics, and  across  disciplines,
 55        to  increase students' understanding of global issues and provide opportu-


  1        nities to become engaged in those issues;
  2        (2)  Developing more area studies courses, and in particular, courses that
  3        examine Islamic, Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries;
  4        (3)  Promoting the study of foreign languages, and in particular, develop-
  5        ing and offering more courses in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and other  lan-
  6        guages crucial to Idaho's economic growth;
  7        (4)  Providing  opportunities for students in all majors to participate in
  8        programs to study abroad, volunteer abroad and participate in  internships
  9        abroad  to  enrich  their  academic  and  professional  training, gain new
 10        intercultural perspectives, hone their leadership  and  global  competency
 11        skills and become engaged in real-world problems and issues;
 12        (5)  Recruiting  more international students to Idaho campuses and schools
 13        so that more opportunities exist for Idaho natives and international  stu-
 14        dents  to  interact effectively, gain intercultural skills and understand-
 15        ing, to share their views, perceptions and experiences, and  to  create  a
 16        cadre of international business and political allies;
 17        (6)  Developing  innovative  international  events,  forums,  conferences,
 18        exhibitions and festivals to showcase world artists and musicians, perfor-
 19        mances and works of art, and provide venues for Idahoans to explore global
 20        issues and learn about other cultures;
 21        (7)  Encouraging  kindergarten  through grade 12 integration of materials,
 22        programs and partnerships that build on the  Idaho  Content  Standard  for
 23        Global Perspectives; and
 24        (8)  Encouraging  early  foreign  language  learning and implementation of
 25        dual language practices and curriculum in Idaho elementary schools.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                     STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                           RS 17969

International education impacts Idaho citizens on multiple
levels.  Idaho's economy cannot prosper without our graduates
gaining the global competency to build business partnerships
across the world.  International education is essential to
developing new and innovative products; expanding trade and
global competitiveness; creating a cadre of political and
business allies; providing opportunities for leadership,
transformational learning and cross-cultural understanding.  It
contributes to our appreciation of the arts and offers an avenue
for important issues of our time to be openly and honestly
examined and debated.  This concurrent resolution highlights the
importance of international education to improve higher education
in Idaho through support for infusing courses with international
topics across disciplines; developing more area studies courses;
promoting the study of foreign languages; providing opportunities
for students to participate in programs to study abroad,
volunteer abroad, and participate in internships abroad;
recruiting more international students and scholars to Idaho
campuses and schools; developing innovative international events,
forums, conferences, exhibitions and festivals to showcase world
artists and musicians, performances and works of art, provide
venues for Idahoans to explore global issues and experience other
cultures; and encouraging K-12 integration of materials,
programs, and partnerships that build on the Idaho Content
Standard for Global Perspectives.

                         FISCAL NOTE

The fiscal impact is dependent upon which educational
improvements the legislature chooses to pursue.

Name: Senator Mike Burkett 
Phone: 208-332-1383

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                       SCR 134