Iowa Legislature Education Bills to Watch (1st Edition)

Shane Vander Hart previews a few of the education bills that have been filed after the first week of the 2015 session of the Iowa Legislature.

86th Iowa General Assembly Education Committee Members

Here are the Iowa House Senate and House Education Committee Members for the 86th Iowa General Assembly for easy reference.

Iowa DOE to Crack Down on Early School Start Dates

The Iowa Department of Education says it will stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer.

Iowa’s Education Spending to Bloat State Budget

The Cedar Rapids Gazette had a story before Thanksgiving on how Governor Terry Branstad expected to have a challenging budget cycle over the next two years. Rod Boshart reports: Projections assembled by the Legislative Services Agency expect the state treasury to have a $520.4 million surplus on June 30, 2015. But nearly $500 million in […]

Newton Teacher: Parents Need Authority to Opt-Out of Testing

Amy Moore is a 5th Grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Newton.  I had the chance to meet her at an event Ankeny for Student Achievement hosted on Saturday and am so appreciative of her willingness as a teacher to speak out.  She wrote on Thursday an excellent op/ed at The Des Moines […]

“Only My Mom and My Doctor Need to Know My Weight”

I’m so proud of Ireland Hobert Hoch, a 13-year-old at Southeast Polk Jr. High School who refused to be weighed in front of her P.E. class.  I’m proud that she stood up for her right to privacy, and I hope it emboldens other students to do the same and do it as respectfully as she […]

Iowa Assessment Task Force Recommends Smarter Balanced

I reported at Caffeinated Thoughts that the Iowa Assessment Task Force voted 20 to 1 to recommend Smarter Balanced for Iowa’s new assessment. *Shocker* Here is what Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck had to say. I’m very inspired by the Iowans on this task force who came together around a challenging task and […]

QC Times: Branstad Has Kept a Lid Common Core Opponents

Just a couple quick thoughts about the Quad City Times endorsement of Governor Terry Branstad on Sunday.  This jumped out at me right away. This time, we endorse a five-term incumbent who has helped the state accelerate through a sluggish recovery, learned a thing or two about education reform while keeping a lid on tea […]

Storm Lake Kids Are Hungry, Feds Say No Seconds

The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune reports that kids in the Storm Lake Elementary School are still hungry after eating their Michelle Obama-approved school lunch. Federal rules don’t allow students have seconds, and the school says kids are still hungry while at the same time the school kitchen is throwing food away.  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids […]

Urbandale Schools to Offer Parent University on Iowa Core

I just wrote today about a school district offering a class to teach parents how to do Common Core math.  Urbandale Community Education, we have learned, wants to teach parents about the Iowa Core on Monday, October 20th at 7:00p at the Urbandale High School Performing Arts Center. From an email they sent a few […]