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Iowa governor: Redirecting state money to private schools 'not unreasonable'
Jan 26, 6:35 AM: Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday that efforts to expand school choice by allowing parents to redirect state money to private, parochial or home-school expenses is "not unreasonable.
Iowa public school advocates fight for funding amid cries for 'choice'
Jan 15, 6:37 AM: A grassroots group made up of Iowa public school parents and activists is fighting what organizers say is an onslaught from lawmakers intent on eroding the state's public education system.
Dubuque school board votes against renewing elementary school charter status
Jan 9, 6:12 AM: Superintendent Stan Rheingans recommended the board approve the charter renewal, and Prescott Principal Vicki Sullivan was also in favor, but ultimately the board went a different direction.
School voucher supporters plan another legislative push this year
Jan 5, 7:05 AM: Supporters of diverting some public education dollars to help students in private, parochial or home schools are vowing to make another push in the state legislature this year. But Iowa lawmakers warn an expected tight >
Iowa home-school students could get better access to online classes
Jan 5, 6:24 AM: A change in Iowa law would allow home-schooled students to take online courses without enrolling in a public or private school.
Prescott Elementary School's charter status up for renewal
Jan 4, 6:46 AM: The school received the state's lowest ranking in the recent education report card and like other schools with that ranking, the majority of its students come from low income households. But students and their parents are >
Three 'school choice' efforts Iowa advocates will push in 2018
Jan 3, 6:44 AM: Chants of "school choice now" could again ring out through the halls at the Iowa Capitol when the Legislature convenes in January.
SL schools make case to extend charter school
Jan 2, 5:51 AM: The Storm Lake School District is preparing to make its case before state officials to renew the charter school program for another four years.
Beating generational poverty a key to learning equality
Nov 30, 7:13 AM: Programs like AVID and the Storm Lake Charter School are targeting students who may become the first generation in their families to complete school and go on to college.
Iowa student achievement 'largely unchanged' despite $157 million teacher coaching system
Nov 8, 6:09 AM: Iowa's student achievement remains "largely unchanged" after implementing the state's teacher leadership system, a school reform designed to foster better instruction and improve student learning through a coaching model. >
GOP priorities of lowering taxes, increasing school choice at risk in Iowa
Sep 25, 4:56 AM: Yet more difficulties lurk ahead that are likely to cause lawmakers to rethink how and whether they approach priorities for them like reducing taxes and increasing ways for parents to choose private or religious schools >
Should Iowa schools be measured by how well students do in college?
Aug 4, 7:39 AM: State education leaders are creating a new accountability plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and are debating a formula that identifies the lowest-performing schools for additional support.
Data suggest link between class size changes and shrinking achievement gap
Jul 26, 6:41 AM: Initial data suggest a new policy that aims to concentrate teachers where Iowa City schools need them most might be helping students improve at reading.
Voucher proposal unpopular with county schools
Jun 14, 6:10 AM: President Donald Trump’s proposed budget places an emphasis on a parent’s ability to choose where their child attends school. To do this, the proposal boosts federal spending on vouchers and charter schools and cuts >
Iowa City musician says going online high school route helped her get to Juilliard
Jun 1, 5:10 AM: Nina knew “this year was the year,” she said, to impress colleges. That’s why she transferred in the fall from West High in Iowa City to the Iowa Connections Academy, an entirely virtual public school program. >
School choice could spur improvement, Jacobs says
May 25, 6:12 AM: A former U.S. Senate candidate who’s also a past energy company executive said more school choice in Iowa could lead to improved academic results in the state.
Iowa teacher asks to intervene in union lawsuit over collective bargaining
May 15, 6:34 AM: A northern Iowa special education teacher and his attorney from a national anti-union advocacy group are seeking to intervene in a union's lawsuit that challenges new restrictions on collective bargaining passed by >
Vouchers would allow Mason City school to expand 'high-level education with a Christian worldview'
Apr 26, 5:02 AM: A growing faith-based K-12 school in Mason City says a implementation of a state school choice program would allow it to expand its top-level educational program.
Iowa GOP wants school choice; results mixed among states with programs
Apr 26, 4:58 AM: A program that would allow Iowa parents to use taxpayer money to put their child in a non-public school could be proposed next year when Iowa lawmakers resume their work.
School choice could benefit K-12 students.
Apr 17, 6:24 AM: Although a statewide survey revealed that a majority of Iowans supports school choice, Iowa City might have a different opinion on the topic.



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