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Iowa Students Speak to Legislators January 28, 2010

Posted by Sandra Dop in Uncategorized.
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I witnessed history today.  Several Van Meter students presented to members of the Iowa legislature.  They were poised, confident, capable, and young–some of them very young.  I sat there thinking that one day we may be able to point back to January 28, 2010, and say it was the turning point—the day a couple seventh graders and a fifth grader swayed the Iowa legislature and forever changed education as we know it.  I know, the high schoolers were impressive too, but those representatives and senators nearly fell off their chairs when their superintendent John Carver said “fifth grader.”   She demonstrated her blog on things she and her friends are reading.   

When the legislators asked, “So what can we do to get out of your way and let you go?”  I nearly cried.

 I will forever be proud to have witnessed it!

And now I want to know more.  What is happening in other Iowa schools and across the nation that would wow a standing-room-only group of highly educated, very successful adults?