Senate Ed to look at four ISBA proposals

The Senate Education Committee has a full agenda this afternoon — courtesy of the Idaho School Boards Association.

The committee meets at 3 p.m., and will decide whether to introduce four ISBA proposals. Here’s the rundown:

  • One-year contracts. This would require master contracts to run from July 1 to June 30, and eliminate so-called “evergreen” clauses in district contracts. The evergreen clause language was a provision in Proposition 1, the collective bargaining rewrite rejected by voters in November.
  • Proof of majority representation. This would require a local education organization to prove it represents more than 50 percent of a district’s certified staff.
  • A bill allowing for reductions in salary and administrative leave. The ISBA argues that a district should be able to place an employee on unpaid leave, if the employee cannot comply with contract conditions.
  • De Novo Hearings. ISBA wants legislation to streamline the grievance process, which allows a district employee to appeal a school board’s decision to district court. “Currently, when that appeal occurs, a completely new trial begins with the district court,” ISBA executive director Karen Echeverria wrote last week. “That is unlike any other proceeding for state, county, or city employees. What occurs with other entities is that the record from the local level proceeding is forwarded to the district court. … This bill would simply ask that grievances in school districts be treated in the same manner as state employees rather than having a completely new trial begin.”

Here’s a link to Echeverria’s full guest opinion.