Stop Common Core Legislation Introduced in the Iowa House

State Representative Tedd Gassman (R-Scarville) introduced a bill, HF 2141, that directs the Iowa Department of Education to pull out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  It has been cosponsored by State Representatives Sandy Salmon (R-Denver), Dwayne Alons (R-Hull), Larry Sheets (R-Moulton), Greg Heartsill (R-Columbia), Dave Maxwell (R-Gibson), Tom Shaw (R-Laurens), John Landon (R-Ankeny), Ralph […]

2014 Iowa Legislative Session Timetable

The 2014 Iowa Legislative timetable has been released by the Legislative Services Agency.  Some of the key dates: 1/13/14 – First day of session 2/21/14 – First funnel date (bills must be out of committee) 3/14/14 – Second funnel date (bills must be out of committee) 3/24/14 – Only bills that can be considered after […]

Sign Our Petition to Stop Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards in Iowa

We’re launching a petition to let Des Moines know that we do not want top-down standards in the state of Iowa. Please consider adding your name!

Question Branstad on His Common Core Misconceptions During Town Hall Swing

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds are launch their “Our Opportunity. Our Iowa. Our Results.” Town Hall Tour next week.  The Des Moines Register reported Monday that Governor Branstad said there are a lot of “misconceptions” surrounding the Common Core.  We agree and many of them are spouted by his office.  For […]

Action Items in House and Senate on Common Core

In the Senate Caffeinated Thoughts broke the news last night that our own Senator Chuck Grassley is working to stop the future funding of the Common Core State Standards, the Common Core Assessments and the federal review panel for the assessments.  He is sending a letter to the Senate Appropriations  Committee for education.  Which happens […]

Action Needed: Contact Iowa House-Senate Ed Reform Conference Committee on Assessments

The Iowa House and Iowa Senate have put together a conference committee to iron out differences in their respective education reform bills. Of specific concern is a provision in the amended HF 215 which grants the Iowa Department of Education authority to mandate a different assessment (from what is already required by state law)  to […]

Next Generation Science Standards Are Up for Public Comment

We have a very brief window to weigh in on the Next Generation Science Standards (Common Core).  The second draft is up online and you can give feedback until January 29th.  Iowa is one of the lead states in this initiative. Just to note  Iowa Department of Education has signed off on this with great […]