A federal education official is on a tour of Iowa cities to answer questions about education policy. Ken Meyer, is an acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Education Department, and says he’s heard a lot about the “No Child Left Behind Act.” He says the most questions he gets are about funding, as he says there’s a lot of misinformation floating around about the act. He says the bill is heavily funded, contrary to the rhetoric that’s out there. Meyer says Iowa and other states are getting the funding they need to implement the act. He says he can go do line item by line item and illustrate that the funding is available. Meyer says some of the confusion may be that maximum levels of funding have been set, but he says states don’t always need that amount and get only what they need. Meyer says there are other questions about the things included in the act. He says a schoolboard member in Cedar Rapids was under the impression that school choice in the act included private schools, which he says it does not. Meyer says that’s an example of the things that “get spun up and talked about, but are not accurate.” Meyer says politics plays a big role in the misinformation about the act. He says in the presidential election season, its easier to latch onto sound bites without getting the true facts. Meyer says he is getting questions too about issues related to the “No Child Left Behind Act.” He says he get questions about special education funding. He says that’s in the works in Congress right now, so there’s not much he can say about it. Meyer’s already held hearings in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Davenport.
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