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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 14) April 13, 2007

Slow Week at the Capital Legislative rules precluded the Senate from taking action on SF 277, the Teacher Quality Bill this past week. The rules dictated that only bills of the opposite chamber could be debated. The Senate most likely will debate the bill and the changes passed by the...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 13) April 6, 2007

Teacher Quality Passes House Thursday, on a 90-7 vote, the House passed SF 277, the Teacher Quality legislation. The House accepted the various committee approved amendments to the Senate bill as reported in last weeks’ report. Again the most significant changes from the Senate version were: Administration and the Local...
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Inquiry-Based Approach to Science Education

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) science consultants are leading the way in the revolution in science education. Through an effort known as “Every Learner Inquires” (ELI), AEA staff are providing training and support to local science educators in an effort to ensure that students have the skills they need...
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Driver Education Program Designed to Save Districts Time & Money

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) Driver Education Program was established more than 12 years ago in response to local school districts. Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley were the first school districts to utilize this service. The effectiveness of the program is based on not only cost savings to districts,...
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Substitute Authorization - Fostering Student Learning as a Substitute

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf will be offering a 20 hour course throughout the months of April and May for the Substitute Authorization Program. This is an opportunity for individuals with a BA degree or higher, or those with Paraeducator Certificates, to get the requirements needed in...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 12) March 30, 2007

Teacher Quality Passes House Education Committee Teacher Quality Passes House Education Committee The House Education Committee this week passed SF 277, the Teacher Quality bill. The House committee made various changes to the Senate version. The most significant of these were: Administration and the Local Association can mutually agree to...
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Accelerating Student Achievement Pilot - Update

ASAP has been developed to more fully focus Agency resources on improved student achievement. The Pilot is moving steadily ahead. Hopefully you were able to attend one of the informational meetings. If you were unable to attend, but would like more information, go to the Employee Section of our website...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 11) March 23, 2007

Teacher Quality Stalls The House Education Committee was forced to postpone discussion of the Teacher Quality Legislation this past week in an effort to resolve disagreement on several issues. Issues being discussed include the process for determining professional development needs of the teachers and the district and whether career ladders...
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Key Components of a Quality Pre-Kindergarten Program

Research describes the enormous differences in the language and literacy experiences of preschoolers, and the eventual influence of these differences on reading achievement. This information makes it even more imperative that all children have access to quality pre-kindergarten programs that provide daily opportunities for language and literacy experiences that have...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXVI No. 10) March 16, 2007

Bill Status With the passing of the first funnel date this past week many bills became ineligible for debate in their present form. At the end of the narrative portion of this report you will find a status report of bills still alive for debate. Following that section are bills...
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