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Opinion | Gaps in literacy between Black and white students need to be addressed
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Sep 30, 7:58 AM: Literacy continues to be a privilege that many Black and Brown students are not given the opportunity or resources to obtain. Schools have tried to address the achievement gap between their white and Black student >
Opinion: End the tug-of-war in education. Give Iowa families true school choice.
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Sep 27, 9:13 AM: If policymakers want to reform education and let mothers and fathers decide what is best for their students, then it is time to break the public-school monopoly and allow greater parental choice in education. >
Iowa charter schools’ enrollment has room for growth
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Sep 23, 8:53 AM: While 39 states experienced increases in charter school enrollment during the 2020-2021 school year, Iowa was one of three states that did not. The numbers are from a report from the National Alliance for Public Charter >
Under the State Board of Education’s timeline, new charter schools could be coming to Iowa as soon as August 2022
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Sep 17, 8:30 AM: A timeline for starting new charter schools in Iowa under a new legal pathway emerged Thursday from the State Board of Education.
How the pandemic accelerated integrating technology in Iowa schools
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Sep 14, 10:16 AM: Before the pandemic, integrating technology into the classroom was mainly focused on middle and high school students, Castelluccio said. But she saw what it could offer elementary students, too.
Marshalltown school district launches virtual academy, joining 22 other Iowa districts
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Aug 25, 10:18 AM: On the first day of school at Anson Elementary in Marshalltown, kids are scurrying through hallways and filling up classrooms. This year, teachers can look forward to welcoming students in person year-round. >
Commentary: Where’s the parental choice for fully masked classrooms?
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Aug 17, 4:52 PM: Gov. Kim Reynolds likes to talk about respecting Iowans’ choices, especially when it comes to schools. The concept was the driving force behind much of her education agenda this year.
Online education options see increased interest as COVID cases rise
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Aug 13, 11:53 AM: As Iowa schools prepare for a third school year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, distance learning options are multiplying and receiving strong support.
‘Protect our kids’: Iowans urge Gov. Kim Reynolds to allow mask mandates in schools as COVID spreads
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Aug 12, 11:09 AM: Iowa teachers, parents and doctors gathered at the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday demanding Gov. Kim Reynolds let schools require masks as COVID-19 cases continue to climb.
Des Moines may offer online elementary school again, as COVID cases begin to climb
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Aug 3, 10:46 AM: The Des Moines school board on Tuesday will decide whether to reverse course and offer an online option for elementary school students now that coronavirus delta variant is spreading widely.
New Iowa charter schools still waiting for state timelines/deadlines
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Jul 23, 4:22 PM: Iowa Department of Education spokesperson Jim Flansburg told The Center Square the Department and State Board of Education is required to adopt rules for charter school application timelines and deadlines ((Iowa Code §§ >
State receives final portion of $775 million for education relief for Iowa schools
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Jul 22, 11:05 AM: The U.S. Department of Education approved Iowa's American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan.
Iowa schools to use $774.5M in federal aid to improve literacy, achievement gaps
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Jun 15, 8:03 AM: Iowa state education officials laid out plans for spending $774.5 million in federal aid from the American Rescue Plan, including efforts to address a drop in student literacy.
Opinion: Governor Reynolds Puts Students and Parents First
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Jun 14, 1:18 PM: By advancing more parental choice in education, Governor Reynolds is placing families first. Education should not be about school bureaucracy, but rather creating the best opportunities, reducing barriers, and focusing on >
Opinion: Public charter schools will strengthen the public school system in Iowa
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Jun 14, 12:53 PM: The end game is to provide access to a great education for all children in our state and to restore Iowa’s leadership position in K-12 education.
Opinion: Students of color in Iowa face barriers to achievement
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Jun 9, 7:48 AM: To write this achievement gap off as another outcome of poverty without acknowledging the role of systemic barriers to economic advancement is to do a disservice to the work of equity.
Editorial: In Iowa, anything qualifies as a school
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Jun 8, 5:25 AM: We don’t yet know what exactly such charter schools will look like. We do know the children who attend will take with them almost $8,000 in taxpayer dollars. That money will not go to a traditional public school. >
Opinion: Iowa charter school bill signed by Reynolds will give families choices
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Jun 1, 6:26 AM: Before the bill was signed, a charter school could only be created with the authorization of the local public school district. Perhaps because of this limitation, only two charter schools currently exist in Iowa. With the >
Pandemic fueled Iowa's push to expand school choice opportunities, advocate says
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May 21, 5:24 AM: Those who support expanding parents’ choices when choosing how to educate their kids say the pandemic fueled the issue. "It was kind of a catalyst to make school choice bubble to the top of the conversation,” said Trish >
Gov. Kim Reynolds signs charter school expansion into law. Here's what that means for education in Iowa.
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May 20, 5:29 AM:

Charter school groups looking to form new schools in Iowa can now bypass local school boards and turn directly to the state government for approval under a law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds Wednesday.

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