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K-12 School Aid Falls Short Again

By |2018-03-01T08:13:55-05:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

The Senate has passed the K-12 school funding bill and sent it to the Governor. With another year of low funding on the way for public schools, students in K-12 schools will likely find higher class sizes and fewer opportunities next year. When adjusted for inflation, public schools have received just a $33 per student increase [...]

K-12 School Investment 3rd Lowest in Iowa History

By |2017-04-26T08:33:16-05:00June 6th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

Iowa schools will get the 3rd lowest increase in basic state funding in Iowa’s history next year. That’s according to the plan approved by Republican lawmakers this session. The shortfall in school funding again next year means seven of the last eight years have been the lowest funding levels in the history of Iowa. Signed in [...]

New Student Assessment Approval Process

By |2017-04-26T08:18:40-05:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

The Department of Education is required to issue a new bid process for the assessment that Iowa will use in public schools, and the State Board of Education will evaluate and make a decision on which test to implement. The new law approved this year requires a new assessment to be approved by the State Board [...]

Sign the Petition: Stop Shortchanging Our Public Schools

By |2017-02-02T16:04:11-05:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

Republican lawmakers at the State Capitol are fast tracking their bill to shortchange public schools. They just don't want to listen to Iowans. They’ve proposed just a 1.1% increase next year. That's even less than the 2% recommended by the Governor. If approved, their plan for public schools (House File 136) will be the 7th year [...]

Iowa ACT Scores #1 in the Nation

By |2016-09-09T14:51:03-05:00September 8th, 2016|Categories: Education, Recent News|

Iowa's 2016 high school students had a 22.1 average ACT score, the highest composite score in the country. The national average was 20.8. Iowa had the highest in three of the four benchmark categories for college readiness, and with a 73% for college readiness in English, was one of only three states to score in the [...]

Schools Warn: Class Sizes Will Rise if State Investment Falls Short Again Next Year

By |2016-01-19T10:43:16-05:00January 19th, 2016|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

According to a new survey, over 90% of school administrators said another year of stagnant state funding would lead to higher class sizes in their own school. “Iowa’s local educators have told us, again, how underfunding local schools is limiting the opportunities of our state’s next generation. Underfunding education also undermines our state’s economic future, according [...]

2016 Session Opens: Every kid deserves a fair shot to achieve the American Dream

By |2016-01-11T17:23:58-05:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Education, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|Tags: , |

2016 Legislative Session: Opening Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Welcome back to all of you. And let me first say congratulations to you Madam Speaker and Leader Hagenow. I look forward to working with both of you this session. Last year, a member of this body used a quote from George Santayana that was [...]

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