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Hanson, Heaton, Chelgren speak at school board meeting

By NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS Ledger staff writer | Nov 22, 2016
Photo by: Nicole Hester-Williams Ledger Photo Ledger photo Iowa Rep. Curt Hanson of Fairfield speaks during Monday’s school board meeting about the budget cuts facing Fairfield schools.

Iowa Legislators addressed a full-house Monday night during a Fairfield Community School District board meeting at the Adminstration/Curriculum/Technology Building.

Rep. Dave Heaton along with Rep. Curt Hanson and Sen. Mark Chelgren spoke about matters such as school funding, transportation and college debt and other issues.

Chelgren said that parents and guardians needed to be more involved in the educational process.

“I don’t hear much about the parents,” he said, adding that the very people who would understand a struggling child the best would be his or her parents.

The legislators agreed that they would try to find as much money as they could for Iowa schools.

School board president Phil Miller asked each legislator about his individual background.

Heaton said he was a former educator, who taught social studies courses, such as history, economics and government.

“I never forgot the challenges that were in the classroom,” Heaton said. “I understand what goes on in the classroom; I understand the pressure.”

Hanson said he was also a teacher and he was able to graduate from college debt free, but he worried that college students today graduate saddled with too much debt. 

“Iowa students have the eighth largest debt load,” Hanson said.

Chelgren said he grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and that he excelled in math and science. He was also enrolled in a gifted and talented program called “Spark” that allowed him to go at his own pace.

He said once funding was gone for the program, he became bored with school.

Chelgren stressed that students are individuals.

“We have a very rigid structure, but we don’t have rigid children,” he said.

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