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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.
Hundreds of Iowa City students learning in ICCSD Online, district’s first permanent online school
Nov 16, 6:50 AM:

In his virtual classroom, Iowa City math teacher Bennett Brown says he has more time to challenge students who are excelling in the class and work individually with those struggling with the basic content.

Opinion: Governor Kim Reynolds Stands with Parents and Educational Freedom
Nov 9, 8:57 AM: John Hendrickson: Governor Reynolds is sending a clear message that she will continue to fight and to stand with parents so that they can have the best educational opportunity for their children.
Test scores drop for math, English in Iowa City schools; achievement gaps narrow slightly
Nov 9, 8:49 AM: After more than a year of learning disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, newly released data show test scores among Iowa City students dropped between one and seven percentage points in math and English compared to the >
Opinion | Gaps in literacy between Black and white students need to be addressed
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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.



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