Registration now full for Branstad, Reynolds’ Iowa Education Summit

June 14, 2011

Registration is now full for the Iowa Education Summit being hosted by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds July 25-26 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

The purpose of the summit is to build a consensus for how to create world-class schools in Iowa. Our state was a top performer on national tests in the 1990s, but has slipped toward the middle of the rankings. Only two states made less academic progress than Iowa on those tests in eighth-grade math or fourth-grade reading between 2003 and 2009.

The Branstad-Reynolds administration has set the goal of restoring Iowa schools to best in the nation, and assuring our students are globally competitive.

“It is extremely gratifying so many Iowans are interested in attending the Iowa Education Summit,” said Branstad. “It will take a broad coalition of Iowans working together to make the changes needed to improve our schools.”

About 1,650 people total are expected to attend the summit. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is the keynote speaker at the summit on the morning of Monday, July 25.

If Iowans cannot attend the summit, they will be able to watch speakers and summit-wide panels live online. Some of the afternoon breakout panels also will be live-streamed, and all will be videotaped for later viewing. Closer to the summit, information about how to watch the summit online will be posted on websites for the Iowa Education Summit, the Iowa Department of Education and Area Education Agencies.

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