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Gov. Reynolds has appointed Chad Aldis to lead the Iowa Department of Education as director beginning March 15

Davenport, IOWA – According to Gov. Reynolds, Aldis’s career has been focused on education reform.

His experience encompasses education policy, advocacy, and research, and spans multiple states.

Most recently vice president for Ohio policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Aldis led the organization’s efforts to successfully reform Ohio’s high school graduation requirements, state report cards and charter school laws.

He partnered regularly with the governor’s office, legislators, and the department of education to strengthen state policy on literacy, school funding, and private school choice. 

Governor Reynolds released the following statement:

“Chad is the type of leader we need at this pivotal time for Iowa’s education system. His unique perspective will help lead reform within the department and across our schools so that every Iowa student—regardless of what school they attend—receives a quality education that prepares them to be successful in life. 

It’s been 30 years since Iowa led the nation in math scores, ranking first among eighth graders and second for fourth graders in 1992. In 2022, we ranked above the national average, but Iowa students and families deserve better.

By innovating our education system and renewing our focus on academic instruction and performance, I’m confident that Iowa schools and students will again lead the way.” 

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