Iowa schools struggle to find time for training

Weekly professional development in some Iowa school districts is meant to improve teaching, but some parents fear the regular early releases or late starts rob children of valuable learning time. "Parents and people who aren't in the school district don't understand that more and more is being pushed on to teachers," said Missy Knop, a fourth-grade teacher in Des Moines. "It's not that we don't want to do it, but we need to learn how."

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