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Iowa schools to extend closures through end of school year

Date: 
Friday, April 17, 2020
Schools will continue voluntary and required continuous learning plans while school buildings are closed DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced today that all school districts and nonpublic schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year and will continue to offer…

More than 500 school districts and nonpublic schools submit plans for continuous learning

Date: 
Monday, April 13, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today announced that 506 school districts and accredited nonpublic schools submitted plans to offer continuous learning opportunities for students this week while their brick-and-mortar buildings are closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Continuous learning encompasses…

Waiver gives Iowa school districts flexibility to best meet needs of students

Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education allowing for flexibility in the use of federal funds to best meet the needs of students and educators during the COVID-19 national emergency.  The new flexibilities, authorized under the Coronavirus …

Resources now available to support student learning at home

Date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Education today released a host of optional resources for families and educators to use as they support student learning during school closures due to COVID-19. The resources are available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website and include interactive games, virtual field tr…

Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

Date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2020
DES MOINES – In an effort to ease the burden on Iowa families and get food out to the students who need it at this critical time, the Iowa Department of Education has received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides flexibility for schools and organizations distributing meals through…

Advisory: State Board of Education to meet virtually on Thursday

Date: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
DES MOINES – The Iowa State Board of Education’s next routine business meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, March 26. The meeting is scheduled to run from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Members of the public may join remotely through video conferencing or by telephone. Instructions for joining remotely are available in …

Gov. Reynolds appoints Dr. Ann Lebo to lead the Iowa Department of Education

Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020
DES MOINES– Today Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Dr. Ann Lebo will lead the Iowa Department of Education, effective Friday, March 13, 2020. “Having served as an instructor, school administrator, Iowa Board of Educational Examiners executive director  and on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, among ot…

New grant helps Iowa schools, child-care centers test for lead in drinking water

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
DES MOINES – The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Iowa Department of Education a $460,000 grant to help public schools and child-care centers test drinking water for lead and learn more about reducing lead exposure. The EPA’s grant program, which is voluntary for schools and child-care providers, …

Iowa’s high school graduation rate reaches record high of 91.6 percent

Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
DES MOINES – Iowa’s high school graduation rate climbed to a record high of 91.6 percent in 2019, continuing a trend of long-term growth across nearly all groups of students, including those from diverse backgrounds, according to new data from the Iowa Department of Education. “More Iowans are graduating high …

Gov. Reynolds announces $1 million to expand career academies for high school students

Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020
DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a $1 million funding opportunity to expand career academy programs across the state in an effort to prepare more high school students for success in the workforce. Career academies are programs of study in which students benefit from business and industry partnerships, …

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