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Iowa schools see first enrollment decline in a decade with no way to account for where all students are
Mar 31, 5:57 AM: Public school enrollment in Iowa is down for the first time in a decade, with around 6,000 fewer students enrolled statewide this school year compared to last. Districts who are dealing with a decrease in enrollment and >
School officials: Charter schools unneeded, may divert public funds
Mar 30, 6:47 AM: Local school officials say charter schools are not needed and could siphon funds away from public schools.
Iowa House passes bill expanding open enrollment, shortening wait for athlete transfers to compete
Mar 26, 7:00 AM: The Iowa House passed a portion of Gov. Kim Reynolds' sweeping education proposal Thursday afternoon to expand open enrollment for Iowa students and increase tax credits offered to Iowans.
Iowa House passes bill easing creation of charter schools; Democrats object in contentious late-night debate
Mar 25, 5:17 AM: After a chaotic night of debate interrupted by an emergency committee meeting and an unsuccessful call for a public hearing, the Iowa House voted early Thursday morning to create a new method of forming charter schools in >
More IIowans oppose than favor using public funds to pay for private or home schooling, Iowa Poll finds
Mar 23, 7:35 AM:

More Iowans oppose than favor a plan to use funds for public schools to help parents pay the costs of private or home schooling for grades K-12, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.

Rep. Garrett Gobble: Charter school bill will help public schools system
Mar 10, 8:36 AM: The more I looked into this legislation, the more I felt I could support it. As a teacher, I want to make sure that our public education system meets students where they are, and charter schools can help support the school >
Opinion: Iowa’s governor beat the teachers unions and reopened schools. Here’s how she did it.
Feb 26, 8:48 AM:

Her name is Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), and she just signed a bill into law that requires every public and accredited private school in her state to offer in-person learning, five days a week. Not a “majority” of K-8 >

Voucher-Style Proposal Raises School Choice Debate In Iowa
Feb 17, 7:19 AM: A school choice bill passed by the Iowa Senate (SF 159) would create independent charter schools and expand open enrollment. It also creates voucher-style scholarships, worth around $5,200 a year, for families to spend on >
Editorial: Struggling schools need more state aid, not less
Feb 17, 6:58 AM: But even though the pandemic adds a multiplier effect to an issue like the annual debate over supplemental state aid, that isn’t the most troubling legislative issue facing public schools. Of greater concern is Gov. Kim >
As Iowa Republicans, Democrats clash on 'school choice' studies, here's what the research says
Feb 15, 6:57 AM: As they have pushed legislation that would set up Iowa’s first educational savings account program, Gov. Kim Reynolds and other Republicans have touted the plan as an all-around benefit for Iowa students. >
Opinion: Public school operations and finances bear little resemblance to a business's
Feb 12, 7:32 AM: Our district does not have an accredited private school in its boundaries, but we are about 15 miles from Des Moines. If 0.5% of our students would opt to go to a private school in the Des Moines area, the state would take >
Column: School 'choice' is the straw man we've seen before
Feb 8, 6:07 AM: In Iowa, school “choice” has become a tired straw man. It’s trotted out and dusted off every year by a vocal contingent of state legislators, many of whom are homeschool or private-school parents. Education savings >
Reynolds 'educating' lawmakers on her plan for school choice, funding
Feb 5, 6:54 AM: Gov. Kim Reynolds says she has some “educating” to do to get House Republicans on board her sweeping schools plan that calls for taxpayer-funded scholarships for private school students and expands charter school >
Davenport City Council voices opinions on Iowa bill that would provide some public school students vouchers to attend private school
Feb 4, 6:35 AM: Davenport City Council spoke their varying opinions on the Iowa School Choice Bill earlier tonight. The proposed education bill would create a school voucher program. The bill has passed through the Iowa state senate and >
Iowans Weigh In On School Choice Legislation
Feb 3, 6:40 AM: Major education reforms are afoot in the Iowa legislature. Last Thursday, the Iowa Senate passed SF 159, which would alter how public dollars are allocated to public schools.
Reynolds' school choice bill would reduce public school funding by $2.1 million, nonpartisan analysis says
Feb 2, 6:21 AM: If approved, Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to create taxpayer-funded scholarships toward private school tuition for public school students in struggling K-12 schools would cost the state’s 300-plus public school districts a >
A look inside 1 of Iowa’s 2 Charter Schools
Feb 1, 7:26 AM: Charter schools are common, public and private in big cities like New York, but here in Iowa, they’re a rarity. Iowa legislators are considering a bill that would grow their numbers. Right now the state only has two- one >
Editorial: Another legislative session, another GOP push to siphon money from Iowa's public schools
Feb 1, 6:54 AM: Do Iowans need more choices? No. And the more money the GOP insists on robbing from public schools, the fewer educational options there will be for the 500,000 students who attend them.
Iowa Legislature passes bill requiring schools to provide in-person option; Gov. Kim Reynolds expected to sign
Jan 29, 6:38 AM: Iowa would require schools to offer parents the option to choose in-person classroom instruction five days a week after a measure passed in both chambers of the Legislature Thursday.
Iowa ‘school choice’ bills moving quickly
Jan 28, 6:16 AM: Legislative Republicans pushed Gov. Kim Reynolds’ state-funded “students first” private school scholarship program closer Tuesday to floor debate during a week the governor proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness about >



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