Several travel and tourism groups throughout Iowa have recently petitioned the Iowa Department of Education to develop rules that would address schools seeking waivers to start their school year early in Iowa.  The petition specifically addresses the following:

Rulemaking is essential to define the statutory term “significant negative educational impact”.  Most schools in Iowa request a waiver from the current statutory start date.  In the decades this statutory provision has been in effect,  almost all the requests for an early commencement date have been granted in large part because the phrase “significant negative educational impact,’  the sole statutory basis for the decision,  has never been defined.

To read further from the petition, please click on the following attachment:

School Start Date Petition

To express support for this petition or to seek additional information, please contact Brian or Jamie via our contact information at .



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