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Thirty-five Participating in Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thirty-five Iowa high schools across the state will partner with the Iowa Department of Education to work on solutions to eliminate barriers to learning, including bullying and substance abuse.

Iowa is one of 11 states chosen for a prestigious federal grant to participate in the Safe and Supportive Schools program. Nearly $14 million will be spent in Iowa 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 high schools to fill out a confidential survey. The survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety to student relationships with other students and adults 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," added 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 a list of the participating schools across the state.

In addition, to receive online updates the program can be following on Facebook and Twitter:

 

District Name School Name Enrollment
Armstrong-Ringsted Armstrong-Ringsted MS/High School 200
Bettendorf Bettendorf High School 1438
Bondurant-Farrar Bondurant-Farrar High School 395
Burlington Burlington Community High School 1,165
Cardinal Cardinal Middle-Senior High School 228
Clear Creek Amana Clear Creek Amana High School 509
Columbus Columbus Community High School 305
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School 1294
Davenport Central High School 1420
Des Moines Independent East High School 2270
Dike-New Hartford Dike-New Hartford High School 235
Dubuque Dubuque Senior High School 1551
East Greene East Greene 200
Edgewood-Colesburg Edgewood-Colesburg High School 202
Farragut Farragut Senior High School 200
Forest City Forest City High School 359
Glenwood Glenwood Senior High School 676
GMG GMG Secondary School 200
Harris-Lake Park Harris-Lake Park High School 200
Iowa Valley Glenwood Senior High School 676
Keokuk Keokuk High School 675
Manson Northwest Webster Manson Northwest Webster Junior High/High School 261
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community High School 200
MFL MarMac MFL MarMac High School 261
Northeast Hamilton Northeast Hamilton High School 200
Oelwein Oelwein High School 385
Olin Consolidated Olin Junior-Senior High School 200
Ottumwa Ottumwa High School 1364
Perry Perry High School 570
Sioux City North High School 1436
Solon Solon High School 443
Waterloo East High School 1078
West Delaware County West Delaware High School 540
West Sioux West Sioux High School 200
Winfield-Mt Union Winfield-Mt Union Jr-Sr High School 200

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2014 at 9:39am.