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Iowa students sought for new state advisory group

Learning Council will give students a voice in education reform

January 21, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES, IA Iowa students are invited to apply for a seat on a new state advisory council formed by Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass.

The Learning Council, which will be made up of 15 students, complements efforts by the Branstad-Reynolds administration and Director Glass to get input from various stakeholders across the state on transforming Iowa's education system. The administration will release a comprehensive education package on Friday that focuses on three key areas: highly effective educators, high expectations for all students with fair measures for results, and innovation that boosts learning.

"Students deserve a seat at the table in discussions about the future of their schools," Glass said. "I look forward to hearing their input and ideas."

Students enrolled in grades 8-12 from public and nonpublic schools in Iowa may apply. Meetings will take place in March, May, September and December. Council members also will communicate via e-mail.

Applications can be found here and must be returned by Jan. 31. Students who are chosen to serve on the council will be notified by Feb. 10.



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