He said Branstad will hear from several organizations about the needs of schools for accurate testing. But he'll hopefully hear from — and listen to — his own appointee, too.
"I have the utmost respect and confidence in our [Iowa Education Department] director, Dr. Brad Buck. I know him to have a compassionate heart for Iowa kids," said Eidahl.
What exactly will change with the signing of the executive order remains to be seen, Eidahl said. Crall in Albia said the same.
"We'll have to see, see where the dust settles," Crall said. "In the meantime, we've been involved in the Iowa Core, in fact, I just got through with a teachers meeting on Iowa Core, and we're moving forward with that."
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