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On December 12, Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck issued a letter to Iowa school leaders explaining that the Department would no longer automatically grant waivers of the school start date requested under Iowa Code section 279.10(4) for the 2015-2016 school year. Iowa Code states that “school shall begin no sooner than a day during the calendar week in which the first day of September falls… if the first day . . . read more
For two weeks after Thanksgiving, Runnells Elementary teachers and students participate in Season of Sharing – a series of fundraising events culminating in a shopping trip to purchase gifts for families in need in the Runnells community. “We have several different ways to raise funds over the weeks,” said Runnells 5th . . . read more
Dr. Brad Buck, Iowa's Director of Education, recently requested that the letter below be distributed to staff and families. This letter, regarding early literacy in Iowa, explains that in 2012 Iowa law was changed to support statewide literacy efforts for students. This law requires Iowa's school children to read at grade level . . . read more