It's amazing that March is already here and we have not experienced the normal Iowa winter! Hopefully, this will allow the State and school districts an opportunity to save money to be diverted for educational purposes.

This is also the time of the year when the final push is made in Des Moines for legislative issues. We are hopeful that the efforts of this year's legislature will make positive changes. Now it's time for you to make your voice heard about the education reform. Your voice is more important than you might think. One or two phone calls or e-mails make a big difference on the hill.

Let your legislator know how you feel. Here's a list of northwest Iowa legislators and their contact information:

Sen. Bill Anderson

Sen. David Anderson

Sen. James Seymour

Sen. Randy Feenstra

Sen. Rick Bertrand

Sen. Steve Kettering

Rep. Chris Hall

Rep. Chuck Soderberg

Rep. Dan Huseman

Rep. Dan Muhlbauer

Rep. Dwayne Alons

Rep. Gary Worthan

Rep. Jason Schultz

Rep. Jeff Smith

Rep. Jeremy Taylor

Rep. Matt Windschitl

Rep. Ron Jorgensen

Rep. Royd Chambers

As we push for long-term changes in our field, here are some short-term ideas for your immediate work. This month's blogs can be found below. For a complete listing of all blogs, please go to the Northwest AEA website. You can also sign up for an RSS feed to automatically receive blog updates (instructions provided on the Northwest AEA website):

Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator