Idaho Statutes

33-1612.  Thorough system of public schools. The constitution of the state of Idaho, section 1, article IX, charges the legislature with the duty to establish and maintain a general, uniform and thorough system of public, free common schools. In fulfillment of this duty, the people of the state of Idaho have long enjoyed the benefits of a public school system, supported by the legislature, which has recognized the value of education to the children of this state.
In continuing recognition of the fundamental duty established by the constitution, the legislature finds it in the public interest to define thoroughness and thereby establish the basic assumptions which govern provision of a thorough system of public schools.
A thorough system of public schools in Idaho is one in which:
1.  A safe environment conducive to learning is provided;
2.  Educators are empowered to maintain classroom discipline;
3.  The basic values of honesty, self-discipline, unselfishness, respect for authority and the central importance of work are emphasized;
4.  The skills necessary to communicate effectively are taught;
5.  A basic curriculum necessary to enable students to enter academic or professional-technical postsecondary educational programs is provided;
6.  The skills necessary for students to enter the work force are taught;
7.  The students are introduced to current technology; and
8.  The importance of students acquiring the skills to enable them to be responsible citizens of their homes, schools and communities is emphasized.
The state board shall adopt rules, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code, and section 33-105(3), Idaho Code, to establish a thorough system of public schools with uniformity as required by the constitution, but shall not otherwise impinge upon the authority of the board of trustees of the school districts. Authority to govern the school district, vested in the board of trustees of the school district, not delegated to the state board, is reserved to the board of trustees. Fulfillment of the expectations of a thorough system of public schools will continue to depend upon the vigilance of district patrons, the dedication of school trustees and educators, the responsiveness of state rules, and meaningful oversight by the legislature.

[33-1612, added 1994, ch. 25, sec. 1, p. 39; am. 1999, ch. 329, sec. 4, p. 856.]

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