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. "What happens most often is, you steal that time, and you steal it from students," said David Wilkerson, superintendent of a district where efforts to add more professional development have stalled. "That wouldn't be schools' first choice. The reality is, that's the affordable choice."

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