Iowa Area Education Agencies

Iowa educators campaign for state support

January 31, 2018

 DES MOINES, IOWA (Jan. 31, 2018)--Don’t call it a field trip: Wednesday more than 150 education leaders and school superintendents are rallying at the Iowa Capitol, united in their vocation and in their requesfor Iowa legislators to attend to the needs of the state’s students.

“If you are not directly involved with budgeting for one of Iowa’s public schools or Area Education Agencies, you might not fully grasp the funding crisis that our education system is really in,” said Dr. Theron Schutte, Marshalltown superintendent, one of the superintendents attending Wednesday's event. “This event provides an important opportunity for school leaders to have productive conversations with our elected officials about the local impact of diminished funding and what's needed to maintain quality programming for all of Iowa's students. As school leaders, we have a responsibility to speak on behalf of all the students and families that we serve."

Representatives from every Area Education Agency and school districts across the state will be speaking to legislators about the demands of public education and the legislators’ support of their work.  They will be highlighting of their district needs as they relate to:

  • The removal of the SAVE sunset. The extension of this revenue source is urgently needed for this funding to successfully address school district facility needs.

  • An increase in SSA that provides adequate resources for students and teachers, is timely and equitable, and takes into account overall state revenue growth.
  • The removal of the sunset for operational sharing incentives. These supports have been critical to small and rural school districts as they deal with declining enrollments and increased transportation costs.
  • Support for state policy that identifies options and provides resources for school districts to use to address the complex issues of student suicide and other serious mental health-related issues .
  • Legislation that addresses the inequities of transportation per-pupil costs for school districts with higher than the state average (per-pupil) transportation costs.

“With this united outreach opportunity, we welcome the opportunity to help legislatives understand the impact of their decisions on the families and children in their respective districts,” said Dr. Tom Lane, Executive Director of Iowa Area Education Agencies.

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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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