Legislation will make a difference in upcoming school year

KIMT News 3 – The Iowa legislature has been focusing on boosting student achievement in the state for all K-12 students.

Specifically, schools have been concentrating on literacy. That means improving reading skills, addressing dyslexia issues, as well as helping those students in kindergarten to 3rd grade who are falling behind in reading.

This year, schools across the state were eligible to receive $50 million for the Teacher Leadership and Compensation grant program.
The purpose of the program will focus on helping teachers become even better educators through peer review groups.

Only one-third of the students in Iowa were eligible for that money. Mason City and Clear Lake schools did not make the cut.
Superintendent, Dr. Anita Micich said there are other grants that they have been able to benefit from.

“There is also legislation that talked about student retention, and for students who are not reading at grade level by 3rd grade, so there is an early literacy grant that will provide us with some dollars. We can do some summer programming, and some after school programming. We can target those students who aren’t quite there in reading, and who need more support.”

Dr. Micich said both districts will be applying for the second round for those $50 million dollar grants. That application is due at the end of October and they will have the results by December.

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