The ISDC is a cooperative service agency whose membership includes public school districts, charter schools and other educational affiliates. The Council operates pursuant to Title 67, Chapter 23, Section 67-2328 and Title 33, Chapter 3, Sections 315-318, Idaho Code.
The purposes of the Council are to:
Provide educational services more economically and/or efficiently through cooperation with two or more member districts; and
Enter into contracts, as the members' representative, to employ specialized personnel and/or purchase materials or services, including insurances.
Administration costs are covered by annual membership dues, cash discounts provided by vendors, and administrative allowances provided by contracts through the Council.
The Council is governed by a Board of Directors which includes a representative from each of the six educational regions in the state and a representative of the Idaho School Superintendents' Association.