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Iowa schools work to curb classroom violence, disruption with state grants

BY: - July 22, 2021

A new school will open this fall in the Eastern Allamakee Community School District, but only two students are enrolled.  Under a grant program from the Department of Education, the district plans to convert a defunct middle school building into Kee Connect, a facility with two new therapeutic classrooms that can accommodate up to 20 […]

Reynolds announces $20 million school mental health program

BY: - June 23, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced several new education programs Wednesday, including a $20 million initiative to offer additional mental health resources to Iowa schools.  The Iowa Center for School Mental Health is a partnership between the Department of Education and the University of Iowa. College of Education Dean Daniel Clay said the center will serve three […]

Iowa bans ‘divisive concepts’ from diversity trainings, school curriculum

BY: - June 8, 2021

Iowa schools, public universities and governmental agencies will not be allowed to teach certain concepts in their curriculum or diversity trainings under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. House File 802 prohibits school curriculum and mandatory diversity training from including certain concepts that Republican lawmakers identified as divisive. Among the prohibited topics are […]

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Advocates: School choice bill could shut out LGBTQ students

BY: - March 3, 2021

Governor Kim Reynolds’ school choice bill would provide funding for some public school students to attend private schools, but critics have questioned whether the proposal would be equitable for LGBTQ students. The bill, Senate File 159, passed the Senate in full in January. Now, pieces of the legislation are advancing separately in the House just […]

Senate and House agree: 2.4% increase in school funding for next year

BY: - February 17, 2021

State supplemental aid for Iowa schools will grow by 2.4% for the 2021-2022 school year under a bill passed by the House and the Senate. The House passed its version of the school funding bill Feb. 11. The Senate, which had approved a 2.2% increase on Feb. 9, voted Wednesday in favor of the House […]

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 […]

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. […]