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Opinion: Placing kids first in education
Sep 28, 5:31 AM:

As a former state legislator my top priority was and still is education. Perhaps one of the most memorable and heartfelt moments occurred when I chaired an Iowa House subcommittee hearing on a bill proposing Education >

'We are leaving a lot of kids behind': Des Moines parents, students ask district to reopen schools
Sep 15, 7:58 AM: Students and parents concerned about Des Moines' online approach met Monday afternoon at Edmunds Elementary School to call on the Des Moines school board to offer a hybrid program for families that want to send their >
Judge orders Des Moines schools to stop online-only classes
Sep 9, 6:01 AM: Polk County Judge Jeffrey Farrell denied temporary injunctions Tuesday sought by the Des Moines Public School (DMPS) system that would have permitted the district to continue online-only learning in violation of state >
Iowa governor’s push to reopen schools descends into chaos
Aug 20, 8:22 AM: An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks >
Let’s be clear: Iowa parents are not required to send their children to school I Editorial
Jul 28, 6:07 AM: This option gives parents unprecedented permission to keep at home their own children (and up to four unrelated children) without notifying anyone. There are no educational assessment requirements. There are no specific >
Teachers send obituaries to Gov. Reynolds following 'Return to Learn' proclamation
Jul 21, 6:44 AM: Iowa teachers are sending self-written obituaries to Gov. Kim Reynolds to express their frustration and confusion regarding Reynolds’ latest “return to learn” proclamation.
Effort underway to advocate for emergency funding for nonpublic schools
Jul 17, 7:13 AM: Catholic school officials across Iowa are partnering with other nonpublic school leaders and school choice advocacy groups in an national effort to help save private schools and support students.
Some Iowa schools could require students to finish classes remotely through coronavirus closures
Mar 31, 6:30 AM: Students enrolled in K-12 schools in Iowa could be required to continue their schoolwork remotely if their district receives permission from the state, according to Iowa Department of Education guidance published Friday. >
The numbers: 35.1% of Iowa 4th graders read at or above Proficient level
Feb 11, 8:06 AM: More than 25 years ago, Iowa’s fourth-grade reading scores soared well above the national average. While other states have made progress and surpassed those scores since then, Iowa has stagnated, resting in the middle of >
Reynolds talks prison reform, celebrates apprenticeships during visit to Van Wall
Nov 6, 8:38 AM: During her visit to central Iowa Tuesday, Reynolds celebrated apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa, signing proclamation to declare the week of Nov. 11-17 as registered ‘Apprenticeship Week.
Letter: Online school provides an important alternative
Sep 30, 6:29 AM: Carson is enrolled in classes at Iowa Virtual Academy where he’s getting the same education as any other child.
Column: The talent pipeline that connects Iowa's education and workforce
Jul 18, 7:48 AM: In my visits to more than 500 schools across Iowa, I have seen the role education plays in fueling the economy and building the skilled talent pipeline. There are three key themes.
Iowa’s newest college graduates share old problem: debt
May 15, 6:30 AM: Some students graduating from an Iowa college of university this month will have to pay off debts that could be close to $100,000.
Education should be Iowans' first priority, and private schools are part of the equation
May 9, 5:25 AM: A public position that I have consistently taken is 100% advocacy of referenda or bond issues that are in support of public education. I do so because solid, quality education is at the core of our American democracy and >
Career pathways key at State of the Schools event
Apr 25, 7:13 AM: Every year, local leaders in education, business and industry gather for an update from the local schools and Marshalltown Community College, and this year’s discussion focused on getting students ready for local careers. >
Lawmakers may boost tax credit for donations to private school scholarships
Apr 17, 6:06 AM: Bills that have emerged in the Iowa House and Senate would increase scholarships for students at private and parochial schools.
Hundreds of Students Rally in Late Push for Dollars for Private Schools
Apr 3, 6:03 AM: Students, teachers and parents filled the Iowa rotunda Tuesday in one of the largest rallies of the year to lobby lawmakers for increased opportunities for families in private schools.
Opinion: 'School choice' is GOP attempt to siphon tax dollars from public education
Mar 28, 5:02 AM: Iowa parents already have numerous options in education, including choice among public schools, hundreds of private schools and home schooling.
Editorial: Iowa must eliminate private instruction option for home schooling, which can increase ris
Mar 8, 6:51 AM: Iowa's independent private instruction option can leave youth uneducated and at risk of abuse. There are no standards about what students should learn and no abuse record checks on parents.
Bill giving some parents 'school choice' advances in Iowa Senate
Mar 7, 6:10 AM: A bill allowing parents of students with special education needs to use state money for public schools for private school expenses advanced out of an Iowa Senate Committee Wednesday.



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