2017 Legislative Weekly Reports

With the Iowa Legislature now underway for the 2017 session, ITAG will use this space to share weekly legislative reports from Paula Feltner and Mike Heller, ITAG’s lobbyists. The reports are a great way to stay up-to-date on education bills and other relevant activity at the Statehouse.

Comments closed on Iowa’s DE first draft ESSA plan; second draft will be released in May

The Iowa Department of Education released its first draft for the state’s ESSA plan on Friday, January 6. (The draft is available at https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/every-student-succeeds-act.) The DE will review the feedback they received from listening posts, the online survey, and other communication as they prepare to release the second ESSA draft plan in May.

Curious about TAG funding in your district?

Read “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Gifted and Talented Funding and Uses” from the Iowa Department of Education. TAG budgets are public information. Those who wish to request their district’s budget can ask the person with the title of “board secretary.” This person is the legal custodian of all records of the district.  Usually, this person is also the School Business Official.