Iowa Area Education Agencies

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With the establishment of the area education agency system in 1975, Iowa became a national leader in providing regional, intermediate educational services. The Iowa system continues to be among the most respected in the country.

Though 44 other states have some kind of educational service agency, referred to as BOCES, ECSUs, CESAs, IUs, IMUs, ESAs, and others, the scope of those agencies varies from state to state. Some have regulatory power as well as service responsibilities. Others provide only special education services or only a centralized media center. Still others are cooperative ventures of two or more school districts pooling their resources or have become market-driven and entrepreneurial, hiring staff and providing services based on contractual agreements with individual districts or district partnerships.

Iowa’s school districts have continually emphasized their satisfaction with the AEA system, citing the constancy and comprehensiveness of special education services, the leadership in staff development and curriculum integration, the support in media and technology, and the close working relationships among AEA staff, superintendents, principals, teachers, guidance counselors and media specialists.

Iowa Area Education Agencies
Central Rivers AEA Grant Wood AEA Great Prairie AEA Green Hills AEA Heartland AEA Keystone AEA Mississippi Bend Northwest AEA Prarie Lakes AEA
All Iowa AEAs are required to adhere to state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in programs, activities and employment practices. For specific information, contact your AEA.
Iowa Area Education Agencies
Connie Johnson
Statewide Communications Director
Iowa Area Education Agencies
712/335-3588 ext. 2015

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About AEAs
Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs) were created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. As regional service agencies, AEAs provide special education and school improvement services for students, families, teachers, administrators, and their communities.

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