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School Leaders Urge Quick Action on School Aid

By |2014-02-10T15:06:15-05:00February 6th, 2014|Categories: Education, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iowa superintendents overwhelmingly believe state lawmakers should quickly set basic school aid for schools next year, as required by state law. Overwhelmingly (98%), 214 superintendents who responded oppose a plan by the Governor and House Majority to wait until the 2015 legislative session to set allowable growth for the 2015-2016 school year. Several members of the [...]

Extreme Republican Agenda Dead

By |2013-09-06T15:11:15-05:00March 7th, 2013|Categories: 2013 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

Iowa Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme agenda in Iowa history. Fortunately, many pieces of their extreme agenda are dead and here are the highlights: Republicans on Education: Abolishing the Iowa Department of Education (SF 336) Exempting home school students from all compulsory education and competent private instruction requirements (SF 277) Divisive Social Issues: [...]

Middle-Class Agenda Moves Ahead

By |2013-09-06T15:56:30-05:00March 7th, 2013|Categories: 2013 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

This week, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline we use to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Senate Committee this week is dead for the year. The bills we need to build [...]

Steckman Weighs in on Governor's Education Summit

By |2012-08-07T08:31:44-05:00August 7th, 2012|Categories: Members in the News, Recent News|Tags: , , |

Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City, ranking member of the House Education Committee, attended the Governor's daylong education summit and gave her take on the Governor's plan for education. In the article, Rep. Steckman emphasized giving teachers additional instruction, as well as increasing respect for their practice. Statewide symposium examines teacher reform Gov. Terry Branstad wants [...]

Seeking Members for STEM Advisory Boards

By |2012-06-18T12:54:00-05:00June 18th, 2012|Categories: Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

The STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council) is seeking applications for members of the six newly established regional STEM network hubs. The six regional networks are a public-private partnership, whose overarching goal is to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and promote STEM economic development. Members will serve [...]

Republicans Slash Over $115 Million from Education Plans

By |2012-03-27T17:46:43-05:00March 27th, 2012|Categories: Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

Republicans slashed over $115 million from an education plan already approved by the Senate today in the Iowa House. Legislators said the latest round of Republican budget cuts in education will slow efforts to grow Iowa’s skilled workforce. “Iowa students already carry one of the highest debt loads in the country and the Republican education budget [...]

Republicans Scrap Education Gains, Slash Over $100 Million from Senate Plans

By |2012-03-22T15:05:00-05:00March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

House Republicans slashed over $100 million from an education plan already approved by the Iowa Senate today.  Legislators said the latest round of Republican budget cuts in education will slow efforts to grow Iowa’s skilled workforce. “The Republican bill is a step backwards in our efforts to build a highly-skilled workforce.  The budget is a reflection [...]

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