Open Enrollment Deadline – March 1st

March 1st is the deadline to open enroll your child into a different school district in Iowa. If you are considering this do not miss the deadline.

School Board Elections are Sept. 8th

Find that candidate who will be the lone voice for your child and then lift up that candidate with your support both before and after the election.

Who is the Parent Anyway?

Leslie Beck: When education decisions are made at the state or federal levels what we gain in economies of scale, we lose in local and parental control.

Waukee Schools tie Iowa Assessment to Class Registration

In an email this week, Waukee parents received the following information regarding Iowa Assessments: It is Iowa Assessment time! Thank you for working with your son/daughter to make sure they are well rested and fed before these important assessments. Here are some reasons to consider the importance of the assessments: 1. The results are feedback […]

Iowa Youth Survey Coming to Your Child’s School in October

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) asked districts to administer the Iowa Youth Survey again this year.  Individual districts can decide if they want to give the survey to students. The survey is given to students in 6th, 8th and 11th grade.  What is of concern to many parents is the questions being asked.  […]

The Irony of Constitution Day

A federal law requiring local schools to teach a program on the Constitution is a violation of the very document many want taught.

Iowa’s Smarter Balanced MOU: Why It Matters

There has been considerable debate regarding several bills aimed at keeping Common Core out of Iowa. Opponents of Common Core argue that local control of education and Common Core are not compatible, however the Iowa Board of Education, the governor’s office and many legislators are adamant that we are maintaining local control through Iowa Core […]

Iowa’s Focus Should Be on Educating Children, Not Training Worker Bees

I want to respond to some of the comments on yesterday’s Des Moines Register article on the Next Generation Science Standards. Those in favor of national standards are missing the point of why opponents are against them. To clarify, technically, they are not national standards. Each state decides whether to adopt them however if you […]

Task Force: Next Generation Science Standards or Iowa Core?

The task force held their second meeting last Wednesday to discuss whether to replace the Iowa Core Science Standards with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The task force is comprised of 28 members.  The task force is being asked to come to consensus at the Oct. 16th meeting and choose between the existing science […]