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Harkin, Branstad and Glass Introduce Iowa Safe & Supportive Schools Program

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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Iowa Department of Education has released a new video featuring U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass introducing the new Iowa Safe & Supportive Schools program.

The video can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlZYVl0_0iw.

Last October it was announced that Iowa was one of 11 states to be awarded nearly $3.5 million in federal funds this year, and nearly $14 million over the next four years, to support efforts that will measure and improve statewide conditions for learning, which include school safety, student engagement in school, and the overall school environment.

This spring, the Iowa Department of Education will ask students, parents and faculty at the participating high schools to simply fill out a confidential survey. The survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety, to student relationships with other students and adults and to whether students have adequate resources in their schools.

"We look forward to embarking on this new, groundbreaking program," said Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass. "For the first time, we will measure conditions for learning by surveying the real experts – students, parents and faculty."

After the initial survey is taken, 80% of the grant funding will be used for direct support of the schools that show the greatest opportunity for improvement. The Iowa Department of Education will provide resources and work with those schools to implement activities that improve conditions for learning.

Information will be gathered each year for four years. By the fourth year, the final survey will show the nation how much progress Iowa has made in improving conditions for learning.

"It’s our responsibility to offer Iowa students our support and give them the best environment we can for them to learn and succeed," continued Director Glass. "In doing so, we will once again reclaim our status as the national leader in education."

High schools were randomly selected across the state and have agreed to participate in this important program. Below is an updated list of the participating schools across the state:

District Name School Name
Armstrong-Ringsted Armstrong-Ringsted MS/High School
Bettendorf Bettendorf High School
Bondurant-Farrar Bondurant-Farrar High School
Burlington Burlington Community High School
Cardinal Cardinal Middle-Senior High School
Clear Creek Amana Clear Creek Amana High School
Columbus Columbus Community High School
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School
Davenport Central High School
Des Moines Independent East High School
Dike-New Hartford Dike-New Hartford High School
Dubuque Dubuque Hempstead High School
Dubuque Dubuque Senior High School
East Greene East Greene
Edgewood-Colesburg Edgewood-Colesburg High School
Farragut Farragut Senior High School
Forest City Forest City High School
Glenwood Glenwood Senior High School
GMG GMG Secondary School
Iowa Valley Glenwood Jr-Sr High School
Keokuk Keokuk High School
Louisa-Muscatine Louisa-Muscatine High School
Manson Northwest Webster Manson Northwest Webster Junior High/High School
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community High School
MFL MarMac MFL MarMac High School
North Fayette North Fayette High School
Northeast Hamilton Northeast Hamilton High School
Oelwein Oelwein High School
Olin Consolidated Olin Junior-Senior High School
Ottumwa Ottumwa High School
Perry Perry High School
Sioux City East High School
Sioux City West High School
Solon Solon High School
Waterloo Columbus Catholic High School
Waterloo Don Bosco High School
Waterloo East High School
Waterloo West High School
West Central West Central Jr-Sr High School
West Delaware County West Delaware High School
West Sioux West Sioux High School
Wilton Wilton Jr-Sr High School
Winfield-Mt Union Winfield-Mt Union Jr-Sr High School

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2014 at 5:34pm.