Iowa Department of Education to host public input meeting

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – The Iowa Department of Education is holding a public input meeting in preparation for the implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).The meeting will be held at the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (Muscatine/Scott Rooms), 729 21st Street, Bettendorf on Tuesday, October 25 from 5 to 7 pm.

The goal of the meeting is to gather input that will be factored into state planning to ensure Iowa schools meet ESSA requirements. ESSA is the new law that is replacing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. ESSA was signed by President Obama in 2015 and will be be fully implemented in the 2017-18 school year.

The Iowa Department of Education says that ESSA provides “a more reasonable balance between the role of states and the federal government in accountability for the success of all children.” Under the reauthorized law, the federal government will set education expectations and each individual state will decide how best to meet them.

The Department has scheduled nine public input meetings across Iowa this fall, including Elkader, Cedar Falls, and Cedar Rapids. They say each meeting will open with an overview of ESSA and their goals for developing Iowa’s state plan.

For more information on Iowa’s plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act before the meeting, visit https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/every-student-succeeds-act.

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