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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 >
Iowa governor’s push to reopen schools descends into chaos
Aug 20, 8:22 AM: An aggressive push by Iowa’s pro-Trump governor to reopen schools amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak has descended into chaos, with some districts and teachers rebelling and experts calling the scientific benchmarks >
Let’s be clear: Iowa parents are not required to send their children to school I Editorial
Jul 28, 6:07 AM: This option gives parents unprecedented permission to keep at home their own children (and up to four unrelated children) without notifying anyone. There are no educational assessment requirements. There are no specific >
Teachers send obituaries to Gov. Reynolds following 'Return to Learn' proclamation
Jul 21, 6:44 AM: Iowa teachers are sending self-written obituaries to Gov. Kim Reynolds to express their frustration and confusion regarding Reynolds’ latest “return to learn” proclamation.
Effort underway to advocate for emergency funding for nonpublic schools
Jul 17, 7:13 AM: Catholic school officials across Iowa are partnering with other nonpublic school leaders and school choice advocacy groups in an national effort to help save private schools and support students.
Some Iowa schools could require students to finish classes remotely through coronavirus closures
Mar 31, 6:30 AM: Students enrolled in K-12 schools in Iowa could be required to continue their schoolwork remotely if their district receives permission from the state, according to Iowa Department of Education guidance published Friday. >
The numbers: 35.1% of Iowa 4th graders read at or above Proficient level
Feb 11, 8:06 AM: More than 25 years ago, Iowa’s fourth-grade reading scores soared well above the national average. While other states have made progress and surpassed those scores since then, Iowa has stagnated, resting in the middle of >
Reynolds talks prison reform, celebrates apprenticeships during visit to Van Wall
Nov 6, 8:38 AM: During her visit to central Iowa Tuesday, Reynolds celebrated apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa, signing proclamation to declare the week of Nov. 11-17 as registered ‘Apprenticeship Week.
Letter: Online school provides an important alternative
Sep 30, 6:29 AM: Carson is enrolled in classes at Iowa Virtual Academy where he’s getting the same education as any other child.



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