"I am the Promise of Iowa."—Toby

The Iowa Association of School Boards launched “The Promise of Iowa” campaign to focus attention on the future of Iowa public school students and to rally support for investments in public education.

Iowa’s future leaders, innovators and citizens are its children. They are “The Promise of Iowa.” Their future is created every day by Iowa public schools.

Iowans have an enduring commitment of support for public education and its connection to developing the potential of our young people, strengthening our communities, and contributing to our economy. Public education is such a core value in our state that “Foundation in Education” is even the centerpiece of our state quarter!

Iowa’s dedication to strong, community-based public schools shows remarkable results.

Our graduation rate is the nation’s best—and it’s still improving.

Our high school students have access to more college courses than any other state.

We’ve opened the doors to learning by investing in early education and preschool.

Teachers nurture, challenge and help students explore their potential daily.

The Promise of Iowa campaign celebrates the many successes of Iowa public schools by bringing to life the story of Iowa public education. It’s part of our commitment as locally elected school boards to ensure that Iowa taxpayers know that your investment in public schools is making a difference.

But we can’t rest on our laurels–there is more work to be done. Our next generation faces new challenges we never dreamed of. Iowa public schools are changing and evolving to keep pace with a fast-changing digital and global world. We must continue to find ways to close achievement gaps so that Iowa public schools fulfill the ideal of equity and opportunity for all. We must also keep pace with improvements made in other states, to ensure our public schools provide our students and state with an advantage. The need is especially important now, as Iowa has fallen behind other states in some areas.

State and local leaders came together around an ambitious agenda to strengthen our public schools in 2013 landmark legislation. State policy makers, locally elected school board members, educators and the business community all made a shared commitment to ensure the next generation of Iowa students receives a world-class education.

But in this era of competing priorities and limited resources, state funding has fallen short in meeting the real needs of our students. As locally elected citizens entrusted with public education, Iowa school boards are taking on the responsibility to tell the story and rally public support and understanding for continued investments that move our state forward.

It’s up to us to fulfill our promise for the next generation.

Our investments in public schools matter, and are the difference maker for our future.

 

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