Iowans for Local Control Becomes Iowa RestorEd

logo-largerWhen I started Iowans for Local Control I wanted to be part of something bigger.  I wanted it to eventually expand beyond the scope of Common Core to address other items of note when it comes to education policy making in our state.

I also wanted the content on this site to be driven by more than just me.  I wanted to have online content that would be a resource for grassroots activism.

I found some partners that I think will help do that.  There was a group of moms who after a Common Core forum in Des Moines wanted to focus on a positive message that went beyond just stopping Common Core.  I resonate with that message and I embrace the vision so we merged efforts.

We don’t want to just stop Common Core.  We want to see Iowa RestoreEd to its top in the nation status in K-12 education.

A little more about us.

Our Focus:

  • Restore Iowa to its top in the nation status
  • Restore teacher autonomy in the classroom
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of standardized tests to evaluate teacher performance
  • Allow teachers to focus more on teaching by reducing reporting and record-keeping requirements
  • Allow for more variability in learning styles, teaching styles and pacing/speed of learning
  • Restore the autonomy of local districts to make decisions that fit their students’ needs by allowing districts to set their own learning goals which may or may not include a standards based teaching model
  • Encourage and assist the state of Iowa in freeing themselves from federal dollars from the Department of Education
  • Advocate for educational approaches that support special needs students
  • Advocate for the ability of families to choose whatever educational option best meets their needs (public school, open enrollment, dual enrollment, homeschool, private school, etc.)

While there are a variety of issues attached to the above goals, we do believe that the following are some key first steps:

  • Elimination of Common Core State Standards in the Iowa Core
  • Prevent the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in the Iowa Core
  • Make the Iowa Core standards optional for those districts who submit a feasible alternative plan – the burden of proof that the plan is not feasible would rest on the Iowa DOE and not the district
  • Educate Iowans on the benefits of alternative learning approaches that do not include a standards based teaching model

I hope you bookmark this website, subscribe to our RSS feed (using a feed reader service like Feedly), subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook (we are still working on a name & URL change) and follow us on Twitter.  If you were connected to Iowans for Local Control via social media or subscribed to our email list there is no need to do anything else.

Also if you are interested in helping contribute here or if you are a student, parent or teacher with a story to tell about the implementation of the Iowa Core please send us an email using the form below.

Together we can put Iowa back on top in K-12 education.

About Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart founded Iowans for Local Control in 2012 which later merged with Iowa RestorEd. Shane also is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts and the founder and president of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +.

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  1. […] Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers talk to Kara Hadley, a mom in Ankeny, IA, who got involved in the fight against Common Core and Standards Based Grading when she saw what it was doing to her son. Plus Iowans for Local Control becomes Iowa RestorEd. […]

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