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 +.

Education Bills Before the Iowa Legislature in 2017

Listed is every education bill related to local control and education liberty before the Iowa Senate and Iowa House.

Iowa Governor Branstad Puts Smarter Balanced on Hold

KWWL reports that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has asked the Iowa Department of Education to freeze the move to Smarter Balanced “for now.”

Mary Ellen Miller Spins Iowa State Board’s Smarter Balanced Decision

The Iowa State Board of Education voted to mandate Smarter Balanced Assessment for all school districts next school year replacing the Iowa Assessments.

Iowa State Board of Ed Decides It Can Select New Assessment

At its June retreat the Iowa State Board of Education decided it had the authority to change Iowa’s assessment from the Iowa Assessments to Smarter Balanced

The Anti-Bullying Bill Is Dead

The anti-bullying bill that threatens parental rights failed to pass in the Iowa Legislature for the third year in a row.

Did the Science Standards Review Team Ignore Public Feedback?

The Science Standards Review Team decided to use the Next Generation Science Standards as the basis for their final recommendation to the Iowa State Board of Education.

Common Core Related Bills Still Live in Iowa House

The Iowa House Education Committee is scheduled to meet today and there are three bills related to assessments and standards that could be considered.

Iowa State Board of Education Endorses Smarter Balanced

The Iowa State Board of Education passed a resolution endorsing the Smarter Balanced Assessments, but it is ultimately up to the Iowa Legislature to decide.

Public Input for Next Generation Science Standards Sought

The Iowa Department of Education announced last week that it is seeking public input about Next Generation Science Standards. Academic standards represent expectations for what students should know and be able to do from kindergarten through high school. Iowa’s academic standards are being reviewed, starting with science, as part of Executive Order 83. “We want to […]

Clarification on Senator Zaun’s Common Core Bill – SF 16

State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) introduces a bill in the Iowa Senate that would essentially roll back Iowa’s standards to what they were in 2006.