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Opinion: Public charter schools will strengthen the public school system in Iowa
Jun 14, 12:53 PM: The end game is to provide access to a great education for all children in our state and to restore Iowa’s leadership position in K-12 education.
Opinion: Students of color in Iowa face barriers to achievement
Jun 9, 7:48 AM: To write this achievement gap off as another outcome of poverty without acknowledging the role of systemic barriers to economic advancement is to do a disservice to the work of equity.
Editorial: In Iowa, anything qualifies as a school
Jun 8, 5:25 AM: We don’t yet know what exactly such charter schools will look like. We do know the children who attend will take with them almost $8,000 in taxpayer dollars. That money will not go to a traditional public school. >
Opinion: Iowa charter school bill signed by Reynolds will give families choices
Jun 1, 6:26 AM: Before the bill was signed, a charter school could only be created with the authorization of the local public school district. Perhaps because of this limitation, only two charter schools currently exist in Iowa. With the >
Pandemic fueled Iowa's push to expand school choice opportunities, advocate says
May 21, 5:24 AM: Those who support expanding parents’ choices when choosing how to educate their kids say the pandemic fueled the issue. "It was kind of a catalyst to make school choice bubble to the top of the conversation,” said Trish >
Gov. Kim Reynolds signs charter school expansion into law. Here's what that means for education in Iowa.
May 20, 5:29 AM:

Charter school groups looking to form new schools in Iowa can now bypass local school boards and turn directly to the state government for approval under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds Wednesday.

Iowa State Education Association advocates for teacher input as districts allocate federal dollars
May 11, 7:32 AM: From improving building ventilation to avoiding layoffs to adding summer school classes, Iowa school districts have a wide variety of ways to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money that will be divided >
New law: Iowa school districts' voluntary diversity plans must end; students have more time to open-enroll
May 11, 6:03 AM: Republicans have pushed for the change as part of a package of "school choice" efforts this year. They said eliminating the plans will keep students from being trapped by their socioeconomic status in districts where they >
Iowa charter schools bill prepared for governor’s action
May 5, 5:28 AM: The bill would establish a new charter school program for the state that would provide two pathways for these schools: through the local school board creating a school within the district or through a founding group >
Charter School Expansion Bill Sent To Governor
Apr 29, 5:37 AM: Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to sign a bill (HF 813) given final approval in the Iowa Senate Wednesday that creates a new pathway to establish charter schools in Iowa.
'A step backwards': DMPS students protest education-related bills at Iowa Capitol
Apr 27, 6:49 AM: One measure, House File 813, would establish a new method of creating charter schools in Iowa. It would allow a founding group to apply directly to the state Department of Education to form a charter, rather than going >
Des Moines schools' students expected to walkout of class in protest of education-related bills
Apr 26, 7:40 AM: Des Moines Public Schools' students are planning to walk out Monday to protest legislative action — and they are doing it with the support of the staff and school administrators.
House sends governor ban on diversity plans in 5 Iowa Districts
Apr 22, 5:41 AM: House Republicans have sent the governor a bill that immediately forbids five Iowa school districts from using voluntary diversity plans to deny student transfers. It’s one in a group of “school choice” bills Republican >
As students head back to school classrooms, 'learning pods' shrink
Apr 16, 6:59 AM: Yet starting in September, Douglass found herself the head of a class, assisting students with virtual learning. What had started as supervising her little sister and a couple of friends turned into a full-fledged learning >
Opinion: Making sense of the school choice polling in Iowa
Apr 7, 5:35 AM: The Des Moines Register recently released the results of a poll they commissioned that included questions about policies that empower parents to select K-12 options for their children beyond their geographically assigned >
Column: Making sense of the school choice polling in Iowa
Apr 5, 6:06 AM: School choice has been a hot topic in Iowa this legislative session; lawmakers considered enacting an education savings account or ESA program, which would provide eligible families with a government-authorized account to >
Joint enrollment options popular with local high school students
Apr 2, 7:01 AM: About 3,000 high school students made up about half of the total enrollment at Northeast Iowa Community College last school year.
Charter schools, but not vouchers, advance in Iowa Legislature;
Apr 2, 6:51 AM: The measure would allow a founding group to apply directly to the state Department of Education to form a charter school. The bill would retains the current method of applying to a local school board to create a charter. >
Charter School Expansion Advances In Iowa Senate
Apr 2, 6:14 AM:

A bill creating an independent system of publicly-funded charter schools took another step forward in the Iowa legislature Thursday.

Public-Funded, Privately-Run Charter Schools Closer To A Reality In Iowa
Apr 1, 5:58 AM: Iowa House Democrats put up a long but unsuccessful fight last week over Republican efforts to establish public funding for privately-run charter schools—a years-long attempt that Democrats have been working hard this >



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