Education

Des Moines students protest divisive concepts ban and charter schools at Capitol

BY: - April 26, 2021

Des Moines Public School students gathered on the steps of the Iowa Capitol on Monday afternoon to protest two education bills: one that would create new pathways for charter schools to form and another to ban certain “divisive concepts” from school training and curricula. “Diversity means nothing if we aren’t willing or even allowed to […]

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Student loan debt is costing recent grads much more than just money

BY: , and - April 25, 2021

President Joe Biden promised to forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt during his 2020 campaign. Now, a few months into his presidency, over 415 organizations have urged him to use his executive authority to cancel all federal student loan debt. The Conversation assembled a panel of academics to talk about the effects student […]

Bill forbidding voluntary diversity plans at Iowa schools headed to Gov. Reynolds

BY: - April 20, 2021

Voluntary diversity plans at Iowa schools would be nullified next academic year under a bill headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk. The Iowa House agreed with the Senate’s changes to House File 228 on Tuesday afternoon. The bill would forbid school districts from implementing voluntary diversity plans that might refuse open enrollment for certain students.  […]

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Charter schools must have sunshine, too

BY: - April 20, 2021

The 2021 session of the Iowa Legislature will end in a few weeks, and one big issue moving toward a final vote would make charter schools easier to create as an alternative to the traditional K-12 public schools. Others can debate the pros and cons of charter schools and House File 813, the bill that […]

Pushback against ‘vaccine passports’ puts colleges in a quandary

BY: - April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Florida’s Nova Southeastern University joined a small group of U.S. colleges on April 1, when the private research university announced that it would require all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this fall. In a message posted on the university’s website, NSU’s president and CEO, Dr. George […]

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How race-related stress could be driving educators of color away from the job

BY: - April 18, 2021

When teachers of color experience high levels of race-based stress in schools, they can also have an increasingly negative sense of belonging, according to new research. For the study, we analyzed survey data from educators of color across Iowa. To get at whether they were experiencing race-based stress, we asked whether the educators felt supported […]

Senate proposes $8.2 million increase for public universities

BY: - April 13, 2021

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a $8.2 million increase for Iowa’s public universities, a proposal in opposition to the House’s Regents funding freeze. The committee also advanced budget bills for agriculture and natural resources programs and Iowa courts. The education budget, which passed the committee by a party-line vote, would backfill a fiscal […]

Proposed Regents funding freeze advances in Iowa House

BY: - April 12, 2021

House Republican lawmakers stood firm on their plan to freeze funding for Iowa’s public universities in fiscal year 2022. Rep. David Kerr, R-Morning Sun, led discussion of the education budget proposal in a House Appropriations committee meeting Monday. The proposal would increase funding to Iowa’s last-dollar scholarships and tuition grants, for community colleges and vocational […]

Biden pitches big boosts in education and health spending in budget request

BY: - April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration released a key portion of its budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year Friday, calling for increasing money for schools, public health programs, cancer research and other discretionary programs that it says have been underfunded for too long. The president’s $1.5 trillion request seeks to spend $769 billion on discretionary programs […]

Auditor cites ‘clear conflict of interest’ in Davenport school board’s property sale

BY: - April 9, 2021

The Davenport Community School District gave a local nonprofit with board connections a favorable deal on the purchase of a former schoolhouse, according to the auditor of state. The sale of the former Lincoln Elementary School was approved by the school board in July 2019, when the board agreed to accept a $30,000 offer from […]

House Republicans propose tuition freeze, no budget increase for public universities

BY: - April 8, 2021

Iowa’s public universities would see a tuition freeze and no state allocation increase in 2022 under a proposed House education budget. Rep. David Kerr, R-Morning Sun, said COVID-19 relief funds had provided millions of additional dollars to the schools. That, plus a declining enrollment, led to the decision to keep funding levels the same in […]

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America gets a D+ for school infrastructure – but federal COVID relief could pay for many repairs

BY: - April 3, 2021

Many kids are attending public schools this spring with the use of COVID-19 safety protocols, including more desk spacing, more frequent cleaning and mandates to wear masks. But far too many of the school buildings themselves remain dilapidated, toxic and in desperate need of structural improvements. On average, U.S. public schools are more than 50 […]