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News Release


Jan. 13, 2012

Grant Wood AEA
Communications Office
1-800-332-8488
319-399-6714


 

Input from Iowans wanted at meetings about state’s
No Child Left Behind waiver request      

Grant Wood AEA Regional Meetings planned Feb. 7


The Iowa Department of Education will give Iowans a chance to weigh in on a plan to request a waiver from requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act during a statewide series of public meetings from
Jan. 31 to Feb. 9. Information is available on the Iowa Department of Education's website: No Child Left Behind: Iowa's Waiver request.
 
Department leaders will visit all nine Area Education Agencies in Iowa starting Jan. 31 through
Feb. 9. The Grant Wood AEA regional meetings are planned on Feb. 7 per the following schedule:

 

Date
Meeting Locations
AEA Contact
Meetings Times, Target Audience

Feb. 7

Kirkwood Community College (Rm 104 Washington Hall)
Cedar Rapids-Washington HS (593)
Lisbon HS (709)
Middle Amana-Clear Creek-MS (466)
Monticello HS (659)
Vinton-Shellsburg MS (345)
Williamsburg HS (630)

Maria Cashman
399-6700

11:00-12:45 Administrators and board members

 

Kirkwood Community College (CC5) (Rm 104 Washington Hall)
Cedar Rapids-Prairie HS (271)
Cedar Rapids-Washington HS (593)

Iowa City Public Library (694)
Lisbon HS (709)
Marion-Linn Mar HS (631)
Middle Amana-Clear Creek MS (466)
Monticello HS (659)
Vinton-Shellsburg MS (345)
Williamsburg HS (630)

 

1:30-2:30 Students

 

Kirkwood Community College (CC5) (Rm 104 Washington Hall)
Cedar Rapids-Kennedy HS (671)
Cedar Rapids-Prairie HS (271)
Cedar Rapids-Washington HS (593)

Iowa City Public Library (694)
Lisbon HS (709)
Marion-Linn Mar HS (631)
Middle Amana-Clear Creek MS (466)
Monticello HS (659)
Vinton-Shellsburg MS (345)
Williamsburg HS (630)

 

4:00-5:45 Teachers

 

Kirkwood Community College (CC5) (Rm 104 Washington Hall)
Cedar Rapids-Jefferson HS (670)
Cedar Rapids-Kennedy HS (671)
Cedar Rapids-Prairie HS (271)
Cedar Rapids-Washington HS (593)
Lisbon HS (709)
Marion-Linn Mar HS (631)
Middle Amana-Clear Creek MS (466)
Monticello HS (659)
Vinton-Shellsburg MS (345)
Williamsburg HS (630)

 

6:00-7:30

Parents, community members, SES providers and community

organizations,

business - board members


Click here for a complete schedule of statewide meeting dates, times and locations.
 
The Department will present details about Iowa’s waiver request and plans to develop a new accountability system that puts student achievement first but also focuses on student growth and assessments that align with the Iowa Core standards.
 
In September, the U.S. Department of Education invited states to apply for flexibility from specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state-developed plans.
 
Iowa’s application will be submitted by Feb. 21.
 
States must address the following principles in their waiver applications:  College and career-ready expectations for all students; state-developed systems for differentiated recognition, accountability and support; and support for effective instruction and leadership, including new guidelines for local teacher and principal evaluation and support systems.  
 
In a new video, Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass addresses the purpose of Iowa’s waiver request.
 
Iowans who are unable to attend the public meetings can submit comments in writing to wilma.gajdel@iowa.gov until 4 p.m. on Feb. 1.
 
For more information, go to www.educateiowa.gov.


 

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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

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