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Iowa parents speak out against school changes

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 30 2014 9:53AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Students at Des Moines middle schools no longer have the option to take advanced English and science classes.

The change comes after some parents expressed concern that top performers won't be challenged.

Students instead will have the option to complete honors-level assignments in all subjects within general education classrooms. Accelerated math classes will remain and some students will have access to advanced courses at a magnet school. The change coincides with the implementation of a new grading system.

Parent Natasha Newcomb tells the paper that people are concerned teachers will focus more on struggling students than those who are ahead. She started an online petition urging the district to return advanced classes to the middle schools.

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Topics : Education
Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Natasha Newcomb
07/30/2014 9:54AM
Iowa parents speak out against school changes
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