Just a day after approving the education reform bill, House Republicans outlined their shell game to pay for the reforms by taking $20 million from class size reduction funds that Iowa schools already receive. “Raising class sizes in the early grades is a step in the wrong direction and will counter new efforts to improve literacy [...]
The Iowa House will be debating the education reform bill tomorrow, Tuesday March 13th late tomorrow morning. Read the bill House File 2380. Read the bill analysis here. You can watch the debate live here. Read the differences between the House, Senate and Governor's proposals below: Governor House Senate 3rd Grade Retention Yes Yes, starts in [...]
House Democrats said new budget documents released today show House Republicans aren’t interested in growing Iowa’s skilled workforce or education reform efforts. “The Republican education budget is a failure for Iowa students and the future of our economy,” said House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines. “Now more than ever, the strength of Iowa’s economy [...]
Hundreds of Iowans including educators, legislators, students, and union supporters, crowded the west steps of the State Capitol during the Speak Out for Iowa Education Rally on April 13, 2011. Check out the photos below!
High school seniors in Iowa outperformed their peers in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Education Progress ( NAEP ) tests, according to a new report released last week by the U.S. Department of Education. Iowa was one of eleven states that volunteered to participate in the first 12th grade pilot program to generate [...]
According to a report by the advocacy group Education Law Center, Iowa scored among one of the highest on its "National Report Card" of state school funding systems. The report specifically evaluated how states distribute education money to school districts and if they provide funding that takes into account the additional needs generated by "student poverty". [...]