Prior to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s Iowa Education Summit on July 25-26th, he and his Lt. Governor, Kim Reynolds, will hold a series of seven town hall meetings.  They are:

  • On Tuesday, July 12th at 10:00a they will be in Waterloo at the Waterloo Central Middle School Auditorium (1350 Katoski Dr., Waterloo, IA).
  • On Tuesday, July 12th at 2:00p they will then be at Davenport North High School’s Auditorium (626 West 53rd St, Davenport, IA).
  • On Wednesday, July 20th at 2:00p they will be at the Sigourney Jr.-Sr. High School Auditorium (907 East Pleasant Valley St., Sigourney, IA).
  • On Thursday, July 21 at 10:00a they will be at the Sacred Heart Elementary Parish Hall (1111 Marshall St., Boone, IA).
  • On Friday, July 22nd at 10:00a they will be at Corning Elementary School Gym (1012 10th St., Corning, IA).
  • On Friday, July 22 at 2:00p they will be at the Carroll High School Auditorium (2809 North Grant Rd., Carroll, IA).
  • On Saturday, July 23rd at 9:00a they’ll be at the Spencer Middle School Cafeteria (1400 10th Ave. East, Spencer, IA).

I encourage you if you live in the area to stop by and ask him a couple of questions:

  • Why is the State Board of Education aligning the Iowa Core Curriculum standards with the national core standards?  Did we have a legislative vote to approve this? (the answer to the second question is no… so what authority do they have to do this?)
  • Does having U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan as a keynote speaker, and your comments that he is “a real reformer” mean that you embrace the national common core standards and you believe that the Federal government, not local school boards and their constituencies should have the ultimate say in our children’s education?
  • We see that a lot of stake holders have been invited to this summit, where do parents have a seat at the table?  It seems like their voice isn’t being heard when control of education becomes more centralized at the state and federal level.
  • Where do you see private school choice in your vision for education reform? (Talk of charter schools isn’t enough.)

If you can, please video his answers.  If you do, please email me.  I would love to see it.

Originally posted at American Principles in Action and Truth in American Education.

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