“If we don’t have alignment with the Legislature on what’s important, and they don’t support it and fund it, we’re not going to get anything done,” said Kurt Liebich.
Members also unanimously approved the contract for new BSU head football coach Andy Avalos.
The State Board also made a move toward changing the timeframe for high school students to take standardized tests, and removing the college entrance exam as a high school graduation requirement.
By and large, charter school enrollment has grown during the pandemic. But some charter schools saw a sharp decrease in enrollment — and a hit on their budgets.
The Legislature will get the final say on standards in just over a year, during the 2022 session.
The State Board also approved new nursing and cybersecurity programs at Boise State University and Lewis-Clark State College.
The State Board resolution is in response to pressure on school districts, and reports of districts violating Gov. Brad Little’s “Stay Healthy” order.
Students and state leaders said they need access to more counselors, and collaboration between agencies and communities.
Changing to a temporary rule gives the Legislature more options and allows the state to review corrected enrollment data expected to be available in January.
For instructors and staff at Idaho’s colleges and universities, the wait could stretch into early to mid-summer.