Sunday, September 14, 2008

From Laurie Olk: Changing Makeup of Iowa Schools

At the secondary level, the squeeze is starting with those pesky new regents entrance requirements and also staff additions to cover model core concepts, cutting in the fine arts. It just doesn't get easier.
Interesting mtg. and discussion at the IMEA mtg. today. Something brought up was the changing makeup of Iowa Schools and request for mariachi bands competition, apparently big in the South and West, and other needs that align with other cultures, like the Bosnians. They spoke about how involved these other cultural populations are at the k-8, but then drops drastically at 9 - 12. Something I think we'll need to address more of in the future.

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