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Iowa allocates $1 million for Choice Charter School's launch
Aug 8, 10:46 AM:

The Iowa Board of Education allocated $1 million last week to help Choice Charter School pay startup costs.

Choice is the first charter school that will run independently of a public school district under a 2021 state >

Iowa Senate passes private school scholarship bill, putting pressure on the House
Mar 31, 6:09 AM: The Iowa Senate has passed one of Gov. Kim Reynolds' key education priorities — a bill to give families taxpayer-funded scholarships to pay for private school expenses — in a move that puts pressure on the House to act. >
What to know about Iowa charter schools as two prepare to open this fall
Mar 28, 6:09 AM: Two new public charter schools are set to open this fall following the Iowa Board of Education giving conditional approval Thursday.
Opinion: Why can’t my tax dollars help my kid?
Mar 28, 6:01 AM: Until last year, several school districts in Iowa would prevent certain families living in the district from transferring their kids into a different school district. When a law was passed to prohibit that practice, >
School choice supporters rally as Iowa House panel advances school choice bill
Mar 9, 6:54 AM: Hundreds of school choice supporters flooded the Iowa State Capitol as an Iowa House subcommittee approved a bill creating Iowa's first Education Savings Account program.
House Education Committee narrowly kills private school tuition bill
Mar 2, 10:17 AM: The House Education Committee Tuesday killed a bill to allow families to spend state funds on private school tuition and fees.
Column: Some Iowans obsessed with idea of ‘the public school teacher’
Feb 28, 9:08 AM: Advocating for student scholarships or similar policies shouldn’t signal that public school teachers aren’t important. Teaching is a necessary vocation, but at the end of the day, it’s also a job that people can be hired >
Bill Providing “Student First Scholarships” Finding Bipartisan Resistance
Feb 28, 8:53 AM: A proposal from Governor Kim Reynolds that would establish publicly-funded scholarships for students to attend private K-12 schools is finding bipartisan resistance in the Iowa House, at least for now.
Governor making counter offer to revive her private school scholarship plan
Feb 22, 9:40 AM: The governor’s plan to provide state scholarships to parents who start sending their kids to a private school is being changed to try to find more votes.
Iowa governor discusses ‘school choice’ plan
Feb 16, 9:44 AM: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds used a Des Moines area catholic grade school as the backdrop to tout her “school choice” plan, Tuesday. Outlined by the governor at her “condition of the state” address, last month, “school choice” >
Ames summer program plans full-time private school expansion
Feb 14, 9:41 AM: The Community Academy has existed as a summer program since 2018, but leaders envision a full-time, year-round school to open this fall.
Storm Lake seeks to re-up charter school
Jan 31, 8:50 AM: Charter School Coordinator Brittany Hicks told the school board last week she plans to submit 17 letters of support from 17 students who used the school during its 17 years of existence. She noted the program, which >
Lawmakers resume push for state-funded private school scholarships
Jan 26, 6:49 AM: Under Senate File 128, the families of nonpublic school students would be able to apply for an “education savings grant,” which would be 50% of what the state allocates to each public school pupil. The Legislature >
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposes 4% flat tax, cuts to unemployment in Condition of the StateIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposes 4% flat tax, cuts to unemployment in Condition of the State
Jan 12, 8:59 AM:

Reynolds laid out her 2022 agenda in a speech to the Iowa Legislature that was broadcast in prime time. It includes the tax cuts, the third round of reductions she hopes to sign as governor; cuts to the state’s >

Iowa Department of Education Director Stops in Storm Lake to Learn About Charter School
Jan 11, 9:33 AM: Iowa Department of Education Director Dr. Ann Lebo made several stops in Storm Lake on Monday to learn how the local Charter School is preparing students with the skills and knowledge they need to fill a variety of >
Flexible learning environments giving students more ownership, choice in their education
Dec 28, 7:35 AM: Even before the pandemic, schools districts were looking at ways to reexamine their traditional “desk in row” classrooms that kept students from collaborating or picking their own way to learn best. >
Iowa Department of Education issues charter, public education and homeschooling updates
Dec 23, 7:32 AM: Applications and guidance to open charter schools are now available, the Iowa Department of Education announced Tuesday. Feb. 1, 2022, is the deadline to apply to launch a charter school during the 2022-2023 school year. >
Teaching in the Quad-Cities: Schools using multiple ways to find needed teachers
Nov 29, 6:59 AM: School districts in the Quad-Cities need teachers, and there are a number of ways education institutions are trying to meet that demand. The need for teachers is significant enough it has led to programs designed to >
Sioux City School Board approves $1.5M plan to construct permanent home for district’s online academy
Nov 23, 7:03 AM: The Sioux City Community School Board has approved a more than $1.5 million plan to build a permanent home for the district’s virtual education academy.
Iowa is one step closer to opening more charter schools. Here's what that means for families
Nov 18, 9:53 AM: New guidelines to establish more charter schools in Iowa cleared a key hurdle Wednesday, increasing the likelihood some Iowa families will have additional school options as early as next year.



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