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Tax Breaks for Religious Schools Await Governor’s Signature
May 17, 5:58 AM: The Republican-sponsored tax reform bill that passed on the last day of the legislative session included some tax advantages for private schools that didn’t get much attention during the debate.  That was a victory for >
Small district pitches charter school benefits to top state education administrator
May 14, 5:30 AM: Iowa Department of Education director Ryan Wise visits a classroom at West Central schools on Friday. The small district in Maynard is one of only two Iowa districts that will have charter school status next fall. >
Ames student takes alternative education path through virtual school
Apr 30, 5:17 AM: On a day-to-day basis, Cooper is one of about 540 students who participate in the K-12 school — which opened in August 2012 and is open to any Iowa student — with less than 10 sprinkled throughout Story County in Ames, >
Letter: Empower parents with school choice
Apr 23, 5:23 AM: One of the biggest decisions that a parent faces is how to educate their child. Making the best choice for their child’s education will have a long lasting impact on his or her future. There are many great choices for >
Guest Opinion: Iowa’s GOP legislators must despise public education
Apr 16, 5:18 AM: Voucher programs and other private education measures will harm public schools even more than the Legislature already has.
Column: Nothing is conservative about school vouchers
Apr 9, 5:44 AM: Conservative lawmakers have once again introduced legislation to create an education savings account program in Iowa. ESAs are the latest iteration of school voucher programs that differ in that they allow parents to use >
Rural schools present unique opportunities
Apr 6, 6:05 AM: Tewes, Tessum and Long agreed smaller class sizes allow for more one-on-one attention from teachers and that students who attend smaller, rural schools have the opportunity to be more active in sports and the arts. All >
Iowa School Choice Supporters 'Optimistic' at Statehouse Rally
Apr 5, 4:35 AM: Supporters of programs to expand state funding for various forms of non-public education rallied at the Iowa Capitol Wednesday along with hundreds of students.
Opinion: Inside the Iowa House: vouchers are back
Apr 3, 5:23 AM: With just a few weeks left in session, Republican lawmakers revived their plan for private school vouchers. Once fully implemented, this latest version would shift over $250 million in taxpayer dollars from public schools >
SL's emotional appeal keeps charter school alive
Apr 2, 5:12 AM: Relief is the emotion of choice for the Storm Lake School District, after the Iowa Department of Education Board granted renewal of the local charter school for four additional years. After a delegation of Storm Lakers >
‘Meaningful connections’
Mar 29, 5:42 AM: District Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, also an MBEA co-chair, called for local businesses and industries to consider opportunities they may have for Marshalltown students in areas like internships, >
Chances for Iowa school vouchers ‘smaller,’ supporter says
Mar 28, 5:28 AM: Citing a lack of support, Rep. Walt Rogers pulled the plug more than a month ago on his plan to provide taxpayer-funded accounts for parents who enroll their children in private schools.
Opinion: Give parents the power to choose a school that fits their child's needs
Mar 27, 4:33 AM: Every parent should have the right to give their child the type of education they deserve, and that opportunity is upon us in the form of The Iowa Student Opportunity Act. Please join me in encouraging our legislators to >
Letter: Iowa school voucher proposal another blow to public schools
Mar 26, 7:10 AM: I object to this as fundamentally unfair to the majority of school-age children in Iowa. I think that — to any fair-minded person — the allocation called for by SSB3206 is totally against the best interests of public >
Education Savings Account Bill Discriminatory Towards Students, Some Parents Claim
Mar 26, 5:55 AM: Senate Study Bill 3206 would allow families to receive vouchers for their children who wish to enroll in a private school. The vouchers would be made up of taxpayer dollars.
Iowa Senate advances bill for state grants to private school students
Mar 23, 4:34 AM: Legislation to provide state grants of about $4,000 annually to students enrolling in private schools moved forward Thursday in the Iowa Senate, despite criticism it would hurt public education and result in taxpayer >
Iowa Senate Republicans propose state grants for private school students
Mar 21, 5:13 AM: Students enrolling in private schools could be eligible for education savings accounts using state grants of about $4,000 annually under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Iowa Senate.
Online learning bill for Iowa's home-school students heads to Reynolds
Mar 6, 7:22 AM: A bill allowing home-schooled students to take online courses without enrolling in a public school or an accredited private school is headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk for her signature.
House Ed passes charter school bill after agenda discrepancy
Feb 23, 6:50 AM: But legal questions may follow the vote. The official agenda for Thursday’s meeting indicated House Education would vote on just one bill — House Bill 556. That’s not the bill the committee considered or voted on. Instead >
Online learning for home-school pupils gets Iowa Senate OK
Feb 21, 7:34 AM: Home-schooled students could take online courses without enrolling in a public school or an accredited private school under a bill approved Tuesday by the Iowa Senate.



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