School trustees from across the state, gathered in Coeur d’Alene Friday for the Idaho School Boards Association convention, voted overwhelmingly to endorse the new Idaho Core Standards, which the state adopted in 2011 to set higher goals for student achievement at each grade level, Idaho Education News reports; you can read their full report here. The standards have been drawing increasing political opposition - some opponents are labeling them a communist plot - even as they’ve been implemented in schools across the state; ISBA members voted 2,910 to 492 in favor of them. The trustees also voted down a resolution calling for the state to train personnel to use guns on campuses; other resolutions they backed included one calling for restoration of school operational funding removed through state budget cuts. The resolutions will become the core of ISBA’s legislative agenda.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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