Free speech at Iowa colleges: Lawmakers review three 2020 incidents

BY: - February 3, 2021

Free speech on college campuses is once again under the microscope of Iowa’s Republican lawmakers.  Administrators from Iowa’s three regent universities met with a committee of lawmakers Tuesday to discuss free speech failings on campus. In each case, a conservative student or group felt their free speech rights were limited by fellow students, professors or […]

Vaccinations set to begin for Des Moines teachers

BY: - February 2, 2021

Some Des Moines educators will get their first COVID-19 shots on Friday and Saturday as Iowa enters its next phase of vaccine distribution. Des Moines Public Schools announced in a Tuesday email to staff that the first clinic providing vaccinations would take place on Saturday. “This first clinic will be to provide both a first […]

Colleges couldn’t require off-campus masks, distancing under proposed House bill

BY: - February 2, 2021

Isolation dorms. Grab-and-go dining halls. “Social moratoriums.” College campuses are a whole new world in 2021 as schools work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beyond just wearing masks in class, some universities have introduced policies to prohibit students from attending unmasked gatherings, traveling or hosting visitors.  At Drake University in Des Moines, for instance, […]

Dems move to strip committee assignments from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

BY: - February 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Rules Committee is set to meet on Wednesday to consider a resolution that would strip Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her two committee assignments. If approved for debate by the panel, the resolution would move to the floor of the Democratic-controlled House for a vote. It is included […]

Dems protest GOP’s choice of lawmaker who cast doubt on school shootings for education panel

BY: - January 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are denouncing GOP leaders for tapping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to serve on the Education and Labor Committee, amid a growing outcry over the Georgia Republican’s past comments challenging the veracity of deadly school shootings. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “appalling” that Republicans selected someone who “has mocked the killing […]

Reynolds signs bill requiring all schools to offer 100% in-person attendance

BY: - January 29, 2021

Gov Kim Reynolds on Friday signed her first bill of the 2021 legislative session, giving Iowa school districts until Feb. 15 to offer a choice of 100% in-person class attendance to students. Reynolds proposed the bill in her Condition of the State message Jan. 12 after hearing from parents around the state who worried about […]

Legislature moves to require schools to offer 100% in-person classes

BY: - January 28, 2021

Iowa schools must offer 100% in-person instruction under a bill passed by the Iowa Legislature on Thursday. Senate File 160 gives Iowa schools two weeks after enactment to develop a 100% in-person option for students. Parents can decide to send their children back to school full-time or remain in a hybrid or online program. The […]

Senate narrowly approves bill expanding school options

BY: - January 28, 2021

After a sometimes emotional debate, the Iowa Senate on Thursday narrowly approved Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to expand state support for certain students who want to attend a nonpublic or charter school or transfer to a different public district. The Senate approved Senate Filed 159 on a 26-21 vote. It needed 26 votes to pass. […]

Lawmakers consider including ‘political ideology’ under Iowa Civil Rights Act

BY: - January 27, 2021

Iowa Republican lawmakers say they are confronting “cancel culture” with a proposal to make political ideology a protected class under the Iowa Civil Rights Act. “The woke culture philosophy of intolerance and hatred, of demanding all must agree, I think is profoundly dangerous and disturbing in our country,” Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison said. “That is […]

Senate committee approves family, educator tax credits in charter school bill

BY: - January 26, 2021

Teachers and parents of homeschool students would be eligible for additional tax credits under a bill advancing in the Iowa Senate this week. Senate File 159 proposes a scholarship fund for students in some of Iowa’s public schools to attend charter or private schools instead. The bill would also allow charter schools to start independently […]

Lawmakers advance governor’s plan to expand state support for non-public schools

BY: - January 25, 2021

Schools would have to offer full-time, in-person instruction and the state would financially support more options for students to attend private schools if two bills that advanced in the Iowa Senate Monday become law. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, identified both issues as priorities for the legislative session.  Senate Study Bill 1064 would require schools […]

Report: One in five college-bound students in Iowa don’t enroll immediately

BY: - January 25, 2021

One in five Iowa high-school students who intend to enroll in college immediately after graduation don’t follow through, Iowa College Aid reports.  A new report relates to one of the top priorities of Iowa’s state government and some of the state’s most prominent business groups. Gov. Kim Reynolds and state lawmakers have steadily expanded the […]