Class of COVID-19: How Iowa high school seniors’ challenges will shape our future

BY: - April 15, 2020

The Class of COVID-19 How Iowa high school seniors’ challenges will shape our future By: Linh Ta – April 15, 2020 Prom dresses are hanging in closets. Programs printed for senior recitals sit untouched. The rites of passage that teens were expecting have been ripped away, leaving students wondering if they unknowingly already said goodbye […]

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access

BY: - April 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. More than two dozen lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter April 6 asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to set aside funding for a temporary emergency relief fund at the Federal Communications […]

Governor extends school and business closings through April 30

BY: - April 2, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday extended through April 30 the closing of schools and selected businesses, as well as the statewide ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The governor’s order, made in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, also extends through April 30 the ban on all non-essential and elective medical and […]

Reynolds: Child care is vital to keep essential workers on the job

BY: - March 22, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday defended her decision not to close child-care centers, even as schools have closed. She called on schools, community organizations and churches to make their spaces available for emergency child care centers for essential workers. Reynolds also announced Sunday that she has signed another emergency proclamation that closes more businesses and […]

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Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

BY: - March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both voted for the bill. The multibillion-dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus […]

Regents president declares emergency, universities cancel commencement

BY: - March 18, 2020

Iowa Board of Regents President Mike Richards has declared an emergency at the institutions and has moved to make it easier for employees to take time off during the COVID-19 outbreak. All three state universities have canceled commencement and will only offer courses online for the rest of the spring semester, the schools announced. Many […]

Iowa adds two new positive COVID-19 cases for a total of 16

BY: - March 12, 2020

Iowa has two more positive cases of COVID-19, both linked to the same Egyptian cruise that is responsible for most of the positive cases in the state. The new positive cases bring the total number to 16 in Iowa.  Both are adults between the ages of 61 and 80; one is from Johnson County and […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds names new Department of Education director

BY: - March 12, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Ann Lebo, the executive director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, will serve as the new head of the Department of Education, according to a news release. “Ann will be an important partner in preparing our students for the challenges of the 21st century,” Reynolds said in a statement. […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies during a Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee discussing proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2020 for the Education Department on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Ernst joins Democrats in vote to ax DeVos student loan policy

BY: - March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they’re finalized. The U.S. House […]

Coronavirus in Iowa: News roundup

BY: - March 11, 2020

Governor’s office reports 14th Iowa coronavirus case Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office on Wedneday reported a 14th case of coronavirus in the state, just one more than was reported on Tuesday. An additional 21 tests were negative. The newest case is an adult between 61 and 80 years old from Johnson County, who was part of […]

Governor’s workforce diploma proposal meets resistance

BY: - March 5, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to pay private companies to help adult Iowans earn high-school diplomas may flunk in the Iowa House. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gary Mohr, R-Bettendorf, said Thursday during a subcommittee meeting that he wants to strike language creating the “workforce diploma pilot program” out of the governor’s Future Ready Iowa workforce development […]

Iowa colleges cancel all international travel for students amid coronavirus fears

BY: - March 5, 2020

Travel plans for students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa have been halted in light of rising concerns over the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health recommended schools postpone or cancel foreign exchange programs for the next […]