Governor Reynolds announced on March 15th that she is recommending that Iowa school districts close for four weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation comes from guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health and based on CDC guidelines. Upon this announcement we will be cancelling all in person IAAE events for the remainder of this school year. This includes The State Conference on April 2nd-3rd and Legislative day on April 16th.
Those registered for the State Conference should be receiving information from the host school sometime this week.
The IAAE continues to do their best to serve all kinds of alternative education programs. The expansive nature of the alternative education movement, with its growing number of students and educational programs, present significant challenges to the IAAE today. Recent legislation ensures a larger role for alternative education in Iowa’s future. One generalization upon which every member in the association can agree is the single sentence in Article II of the IAAE constitution: “Public alternative education serves to ensure that every young person may find a path to the educational goals of the community.” This hope of the founders still defines the mission of the IAAE today.