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House Honors ISU's 150th Anniversary

By |2008-04-03T13:05:32-05:00April 3rd, 2008|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

On Thursday the Iowa House honored Iowa State University on their 150th anniversary. State Representatives  Lisa Heddens, Beth Wessel-Kroeschell and Donovan Olson  introduced House Resolution number 140 in the House.  The resolution, which celebrates Iowa State University's 150th anniversary, was adopted. ISU President Gregory Geoffrey addressed the body after the adoption and met with legislators and staff throughout [...]

School Infrastructure & Property Tax Relief Plan Advances

By |2008-03-21T12:35:11-05:00March 21st, 2008|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , , , |

After a bi-partisan 18-6 vote in the House Ways & Means Committee late Thursday, a plan to redistribute the one cent sales tax currently collected for schools on an equitable basis now moves to the House Floor. The plan also provides $24 million in property tax relief. “Every county in Iowa already collects an extra penny [...]

DEMOCRATS TO HONOR PROMISES TO STUDENTS, PARENTS & TEACHERS

By |2008-02-07T13:46:37-05:00February 7th, 2008|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , |

House and Senate leaders today firmly stated their intention to continue the progress made in education last year by increasing basic state aid to schools, increasing teacher pay and expanding access to quality pre-school. The lawmakers also said they planned to approve a rigorous and relevant curriculum to make sure every Iowa student is ready for [...]

House Approves 4% Increase for Schools

By |2008-02-06T22:57:46-05:00February 6th, 2008|Categories: Education|Tags: , , , , , |

Continuing the progress in education from last year, the Iowa House today approved a $222, or 4 percent, increase in per pupil state aid to schools for the 2009-2010 school year. Called allowable growth, the Legislature must set the rate 18 months in advance so school districts can plan their budgets. “This is just the first [...]

House Update, February 6

By |2008-02-05T21:58:58-05:00February 5th, 2008|Categories: Education|Tags: , , |

House Debate 4 p.m. — House File 2140, 4% allowable growth for schools Committee Highlights Human Resources @ 1 p.m. — HF 2067, local regulation of smoking Education @ 3 p.m. (Sup. Court Chamber) HSB 583, entrepreneurs with disability program transferred to the Dept. of Education HF 2015 – higher ed institutions must post textbook lists [...]

Tuition Increase Lowest Since 1980

By |2007-10-31T16:03:03-05:00October 31st, 2007|Categories: Budget, Education, Uncategorized|

The Iowa Board of Regents gave their first approval today to a 3.2 tuition increase at state universities next year, the lowest increase since 1980.   Keeping tuition affordable at our state univerisities was one of the top priorties of Democrats in the Iowa Legislature last year. The scoop from the Cedar Rapids Gazette: “Students at Iowa’s state universities will likely pay a [...]

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