Education

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Iowa doctor: State should require masks in schools this fall

BY: - June 29, 2020

As a physician in our community, I am very concerned about the recent guidelines for Return to Learning put forth by the State of Iowa Department of Education that fail to recommend that schools require face masks for all students and staff. There are a few facts that we know: Personal use of masks will […]

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State guidelines do not recommend requiring face masks at Iowa schools

BY: - June 25, 2020

The Iowa Department of Education recommends schools do not require students or staff wear a face mask come fall.

Pandemic heightens racial disparities in schools, former education secretary says

BY: - June 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, a disparity that Congress needs to help rectify, the former education chief under President Barack Obama told lawmakers this week. “Our education system is fraught with inequities that existed before COVID-19,” John King Jr., who served as Secretary of Education in 2016-2017, told lawmakers […]

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House Democrats call for more federal aid for public education

BY: - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats called Monday for more federal aid for education as the nation’s schools prepare to reopen this fall. “Unless the federal government provides immediate relief, it won’t be a matter of whether education funding will be cut, but how deep the cuts will be,” said U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, chair of the […]

University student leaders say cuts will ‘fall hardest’ on minorities

BY: - June 15, 2020

Student leaders at Iowa’s public universities are calling the Legislature’s decision to cut $8 million in spending for higher education “short-sighted and deeply disappointing.” Student representatives at the University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa and Iowa State University say the cuts for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, coincide with protests over […]

ISU, UNI to begin classes early, finish by Thanksgiving

BY: - June 11, 2020

Fall classes at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa will begin a week early and end before Thanksgiving, the schools announced. The idea is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, which led all three Iowa public universities to switch to online learning at the end of spring semester. ISU and UNI […]

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House drops corporal punishment expansion from school behavior bill

BY: - June 10, 2020

The Iowa House on Wednesday stripped language dealing with corporal punishment from a bill aimed at addressing incidents of violence and disruptive behavior in the classroom. Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, said lawmakers were responding to a concern that the legislation would disproportionately affect minority students. “Many of you have been getting the hundreds of […]

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Success for these students means success for Iowa

BY: - June 9, 2020

As the virtual commencements and drive-by celebrations for the high school class of 2020 fade into memory, Iowa College Aid would like to recognize a group of new graduates for whom this time is especially bittersweet. They are the students of GEAR UP Iowa, and they defied odds to reach this milestone in the strangest […]

Regents freeze tuition for next fall; students ask for no spring increase

BY: - June 4, 2020

The Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday approved a tuition freeze for the fall 2020 semester, even as student leaders urged a commitment to also avoid raising tuition for the spring. While keeping tuition and fees at current levels for the fall semester, the regents approved a plan that states the board will reevaluate the […]

Regents to study university collaboration, efficiencies as campuses reopen

BY: - June 4, 2020

The Iowa Board of Regents is launching a new effort to explore collaboration and administrative consolidation among state universities, as well as other measures triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regents President Michael Richards said Thursday the board has established an “ad hoc” committee made up of four Regents and representatives of the universities. The panel […]

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Five reasons students should consider taking a gap year now

BY: - May 24, 2020

With many colleges and universities still deciding when to reopen their campuses after they were shuttered due to COVID-19, many high school seniors are thinking about taking a gap year. Putting off college during the pandemic might enable them to get the on-campus experience they desire in 2021 instead of going to school remotely this […]

Take the stage: Drama, school classes join baseball and softball in June 1 restart

BY: - May 21, 2020

Iowa schools beginning June 1 will be able to offer classes and activities such as drama and science camps, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday.  High-school baseball and softball seasons were confirmed earlier.  Ann Lebo, director of the Iowa Department of Education, said the state’s schools will be able to offer summer school, recreational programs, high-school […]