Iowa school staff, parents weigh in on proposed AEA changes at public...

House lawmakers heard from Iowa teachers, school district staff and parents in a public hearing Wednesday on their proposal to make changes to Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. Some speakers remained concerned about potential privatization of special education services, while others urged more control for school districts.

Legislators held the public hearing to discuss House File 2612, a bill approved by the House Education Committee last week and available for consideration by the full House.

While Area Education Agencies would continue to provide special education services as is, the bill proposes making some changes to the funding model. Federal special education funding would go directly to AEAs, while state and property tax special education funding would go to school districts, which would then be required to use AEAs to meet the specialized support requirements for students with disabilities through their Individualized Education…

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