Open Access Thesis
Education -- Iowa -- History; School management and organization -- Iowa -- History; Special education -- Iowa -- History;
Iowa has developed a unique regional intermediate education system known as Area Education Agencies (AEAs). The AEAs provide local school districts with special education programs and services, media services, and other education services. The AEAs have existed since July 1, 1975 after the passage of Senate File 1163 in 1974. The AEAs were not the first intermediate educational units in Iowa. In 1858 the state legislature created the office of the county superintendent to serve as intermediate link between the local schools and the office of the state superintendent. From the first decade of the 20th century, the role of the county superintendent gradually evolved. Legislative enactments gradually changed the role of the county superintendent. This thesis traces the historical developments of the intermediate educational unit in Iowa. It synthesizes pertinent historical events and legislative enactments which have had an impact on the intermediate unit. Iowa's intermediate unit has gradually evolved to a position of influence for education. At the present time, 15 Area Education Agencies provide many needed services to local schools and their students. In 1986 and 1987 the Iowa General Assembly mandated that the State Board of Education develop plans for restructuring Iowa's educational system. This mandate may have major repercussions for the AEA system. This thesis serves as a condensed review for those seeking general background for making changes in the present system. It identifies some controversial issues of the past to.consider for making future changes.
Year of Submission
Specialist in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
Barry J. Wilson
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©1988 Christopher Anthony Kleve
Kleve, Christopher Anthony, "The evolution of Iowa's intermediate educational unit and its influence on the delivery of special education: A historical perspective" (1988). Dissertations and Theses @ UNI. 1412.