What to know about Iowa’s review of the Ames Community School District

Pevita Lena
The Ames Community School District.

The Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action that Ames schools held in February continue to have ramifications for the district — in the form of a targeted accreditation review from the state, but also awards.

The district began Black History Month on Feb. 1 with Black Lives Matter at School week, during which teachers engaged students with guiding principles through free resources from outside organizations. Stated goals for the week included to affirm students’ diverse Black identities, offer students a sense of belonging they might not otherwise have been feeling, and expand students’ perspectives on Black history and life.

The responses and results included praise, criticism, a tense hearing before an Iowa House committee, possibly a role in the resignation of then-superintendent Jenny Risner and definitely a role in the formation of a local political action committee.

More on what’s happened so far:

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