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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 >
Iowa lawmakers moving forward with controversial school bills
Jan 27, 7:37 AM: The Iowa House Education Committee passed two controversial GOP-sponsored education bills Tuesday night; one would prevent schools with voluntary diversity plans from preventing open enrollment, while the other would >
Iowa GOP lawmakers advance 'school choice' measures
Jan 26, 6:39 AM: Republican lawmakers who control the Iowa Legislature pressed ahead Monday with plans to expand school choice for parents with public funds for private and charter schools and with requiring K-12 schools to offer an >
Local leaders weigh in on expansion of school-choice option
Jan 26, 6:20 AM: The Iowa Senate Education Committee on Monday narrowly agreed to advance the bill, which would provide funds for some students to attend nonpublic schools and create a new charter school system for the state, among several >
Opinion: School choice is more than an idea for Iowa families like mine. Let's expand these resources.
Jan 25, 7:49 AM: The primary focus of school choice is personal; it’s about students. Choice empowers parents — a child’s strongest advocates, and the people who best know their skills and interests — to select the learning environment >
Iowa public school educators concerned school choice bill could strain the system
Jan 25, 6:53 AM: Some Quad-Cities area educators are concerned a proposed school choice measure about to begin working its way through the Iowa statehouse could draw resources from already strapped public schools.
Reynolds, Senate Republicans introduce sweeping K-12 education proposals
Jan 22, 6:36 AM: Two major education initiatives favored by Gov. Kim Reynolds and majority GOP legislators expanding school choices for Iowa parents and students and providing in-person instruction for those who want it will start getting >
Gov. Reynolds proposes school choice - charter schools, private school scholarships, ability to transfer out of districts
Jan 21, 6:37 AM: Two major education pushes favored by Gov. Kim Reynolds and majority GOP legislators — expanding school choices for Iowa parents and students and providing 100 percent in-person instruction for those who want it — will >
Iowa lawmakers anxiously await Reynolds' education bill
Jan 15, 6:15 AM: The bill is also expected to include a number of elements under the banner of school choice, including open enrollment, education savings accounts and more flexibility to create public charter schools.
Opinion: Iowa must embrace school choice
Jan 13, 6:37 AM: From illnesses to lost jobs, the coronavirus crisis has taken a toll on Iowa families. It’s also prompted statewide discussion about how to keep kids learning and whether families need more school choice. Difficult as the >
Iowa governor requests full-time classroom learning option during speech
Jan 13, 6:32 AM: Reynolds also called on lawmakers to pass a bill giving parents the choice to send their kids back to school full-time, rather than having to learn "virtually" during the pandemic. "We can't wait any longer," said >
Iowa Legislature to consider ‘parental choice’ in requiring in-person learning
Jan 7, 6:37 AM: Gov. Kim Reynolds is pushing for legislation requiring all school districts to offer a 100% in-person learning option.
Key GOP leader: ‘parental choice’ in education on 2021 agenda
Dec 30, 7:02 AM: Three years ago, Republicans in the Iowa House drafted a bill that would have given Iowa parents $5000 state grants to cover the costs of private school tuition and fees for their kids. House Speaker Pat Grassley said >
To get kids back in Iowa schools, Gov. Reynolds indicates she will push for law requiring it
Dec 10, 6:28 AM: Gov. Kim Reynolds reiterated her belief Wednesday that K-12 students should be in the classroom, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in doing so appeared to indicate she will push for a requirement that all districts >
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 >



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