Parents raise concerns over proposed AEA changes

Parents raise concerns over proposed AEA changes

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(ABC 6 News) – Iowa Democratic Lawmakers held a listening session over the weekend to learn how a bill changing the state’s Area Education Agencies (AEA) would impact Iowans.

AEA’s are responsible for special education services in iowa.

Governor Kim Reynolds first proposed the reforms in her “Condition of The State” address earlier this month.

But some families say the proposed changes are concerning.

— RELATED: Potential state funding cuts loom over Iowa Area Education Agencies

“My concern is, with all of these changes and not really knowing where exactly those early intervention services will be provided, if there are significant changes to that system, I am concerned that there will be a gap in what’s able to be provided to children,” said Kim Cabel, a parent of a special needs student.

In an open letter, Reynolds said her goal is to have school districts control special education funding.

With control of these funds, schools will determine what’s best for their students.

If they like the services from their AEA, they can continue to use them exactly as they do today.

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa)