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State leaders look for ideas on Iowa's education system

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Iowa's education system used to be first in the nation, but now recent statistics show that it's falling behind and state leaders are looking for answers.

Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds are holding several town hall meetings ahead of Iowa's Education Summit. On Tuesday morning they stopped at Central Middle School in Waterloo to talk with teachers, administrators, and community members.

Topics ranged from parent accountability, out of date assessments, and state funding.

The governor says his goal is to better prepare teachers and administrators, improve academic achievement of Iowa's students, and find ways to use technology and innovation to help improve Iowa's leadership in education.

"We hope to develop our agenda and have a consensus recommendation to improve education to present to the general assembly in 2012," said Governor Branstad.

The Iowa Education Summit will take place in Des Moines in two weeks.

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