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Supporting learning Alternatives in Iowa since 1979

How do alternatives in education connect to the Iowa Core?


2016 Risky Business XXIX
Renouncing Poverty: Tricks and Treats

featuring Dr. Donna Beegle as Keynote
Monday, October 31, 2016
Airport Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Des Moines, IA

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2016 Risky Business XXIX Call for Presenters

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The IAAE continues to try to serve all kinds of alternative education programs. The expansive nature of the alternative education movement, with its growing number of students and educational programs, present significant challenges to the IAAE today. Recent legislation ensures a larger role for alternative education in Iowa’s future. One generalization upon which every member in the association can agree is the single sentence in Article II of the IAAE constitution: “Public alternative education serves to ensure that every young person may find a path to the educational goals of the community.” This hope of the founders still defines the mission of the IAAE today.