Idaho school board elections would get a major overhaul, under a new bill introduced in the Idaho Legislature last week.

The bill would make three significant changes. School trustees would serve two-year terms, down from their current four-year terms. Trustee candidates would have to declare a party affiliation — or their unaffiliated status. And, trustee elections would move to November in even-numbered years, in conjunction with other partisan general elections. Trustee races are now held in November of odd-numbered years, in conjunction with nonpartisan municipal races.

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