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Advocates pitch school vouchers, income tax reform
Dec 22, 6:20 AM: Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds heard pitches Wednesday for school choice vouchers, income tax reform and a full two-year state budget plan during a hearing where the public could make suggestions on how >
Iowa educators expect school choice, limits on union powers
Nov 14, 6:10 AM: Now with full control of state government, Iowa Republicans might promote school choice options, limit teacher union power and dampen the funding debate over public schools, education policy experts say.
House Panel Approves School Vouchers; Democrats Object
Apr 6, 5:07 AM: A bill to allow vouchers for some Iowa private school students advanced at the capitol this week.  The bill faces an uncertain future, but it created a firestorm of protest from advocates for the state’s public schools. >
Forums planned on assistance for struggling Iowa schools
Mar 25, 7:36 AM: A change in federal law regarding how to assist struggling schools has prompted the state education department to plan four public forums over the next couple of weeks on the issue.
Magnet school survey yields mixed results
Jan 22, 6:10 AM: Survey results the Iowa City Community School District released Thursday suggest parents have mixed opinions about opening a magnet school in the district.
IC Parents Weigh in on Magnet School
Dec 3, 7:10 AM: The Iowa City Community School District wants your opinion. The district is considering the addition of a magnet school. They say the discussion started in fall 2014. Now they want to know how much interest there is in >
Branstad advocates for school choice
Sep 17, 4:37 AM: Gov. Terry Branstad touted himself as a champion for school choice Wednesday and pledged to try to boost funding next year for a tax credit supporting scholarships for low-income students attending private schools if state >
School district to seek magnet school feedback
Sep 10, 5:55 AM: Iowa City Community School District officials say they will ask district residents whether they support creating a magnet school.
Iowa Online Academy Helping Students Thrive
May 20, 5:53 AM: The academy is not only growing in popularity but helping more and more students succeed outside the traditional brick and mortar classroom.
Iowa reform pushes students to read earlier - or else
Apr 21, 5:37 AM: This year's kindergarten and first-graders are garnering special focus because of a key part of Iowa's education reform law: third-grade retention.
Home schooling deregulates, surges in popularity
Apr 9, 8:25 AM:

Iowa joins a growing number of states that, since the mid-'90s, have loosened home-school regulation or failed to pass laws requiring more oversight. Home-schooling supporters say it's an acknowledgment of parental >

Low Marks (CER in the news)
Mar 19, 9:15 AM: A group championing charter schools as a part of education reform puts Iowa in the bottom 10 states on its annual school scorecard.
Education Advocates Celebrate School Choice
Mar 4, 6:35 AM: Teachers, parents and students filled the State Capitol Tuesday to rally for school choice in Iowa.
School officials cautious about new education data website
Feb 4, 8:01 AM: A new website from the Iowa Department of Education gives the public a snapshot of how every public school district and building in the state are performing according to certain performance measures.
Choosing the education they want
Jan 30, 6:36 AM: To many at Marshalltown Christian School, School Choice Week represents more than a national campaign to inform parents of their options as they decide where their children should receive a K-12 education.
Online Schooling Offers Kids, Parents Options
Jan 27, 6:16 AM: This week is National School Choice Week, which highlights all kinds of schooling options for kids. Monday the Iowa Connections Academy along with several other schools held a rally at the Iowa Historical Museum for >
Quad-City schools, residents embrace growing movement
Jan 26, 6:55 AM: Within Davenport Community Schools, there are many options for parents, said district spokeswoman Dawn Saul. “We feel that the Davenport Community School District has shown a strong commitment to offering our families >
Iowa lawmakers battle over education funding
Jan 23, 7:20 AM: Democratic lawmakers say more than 200 Iowa school superintendents oppose Gov. Terry Branstad's education spending plan.
Log in for learning; kids have online option
Jan 21, 8:25 AM: Brauer said like a lot of rural districts in Iowa (C-A-M is on I-80, halfway between Des Moines and Omaha), this consolidated district had declining enrollment. The school board decided to try something revolutionary, at >
Iowa seen as national leader in school choice, multiple rallies planned
Jan 20, 6:17 AM: More than 80 rallies and other events are planned in Iowa as part of National School Choice Week, which starts next Sunday.



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