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July 13, 2014 via The Gazette

Nine districts request No Child Left Behind waiver

Nine of Iowa’s largest school districts, including Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, are collaborating to confront parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Full article

June 28, 2014 via The Des Moines Register

Iowa City: Economic integration?

Efforts to desegregate public schools have broadened to include economic integration in the six decades since "separate but equal" was ruled unconstitutional. Full article

June 8, 2014 via Des Moines Register

Consolidation trend continues in rural districts

Another round of Iowa school district consolidation is likely in the years ahead due to dwindling rural populations and the expiration of a state provision that allows districts with declining enrollment to recoup some budget losses, state educators say. Full article

May 27, 2014 via Des Moines Register

State needs to try again on anti-bullying bill

Much was made of the Iowa Legislature failing to pass an anti-bullying bill during the recently concluded 2014 session. In a press statement, Gov. Terry Branstad used the issue as a political wedge and placed blame on the shoulders of others, stating, "Unfortunately, in the closing hours of the session, Iowa Senate Democrats blocked the measure to provide a safe and secure classroom." Full article

May 24, 2014 via Fort Madison Daily Democrat

State Director Explains Iowa Core

Fort Madison High School got a visit from Brad Buck, Iowa Department of Education director Wednesday afternoon. This was the first time an Iowa Department of Education director has come to the district, but when it finally happened, Buck spent over an hour talking to the staff and faculty about the upcoming happenings in Iowa education Full article

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June 11, 2014 posted by Patty Link

A Year of Progress

Iowa was once in the spotlight in terms of academic superiority. However, over these last twenty years our student achievement has stagnated, and other states have implemented student-centered policies that have helped them surpass us. Read more

May 7, 2014 posted by Patty Link

Why I became a teacher

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a teacher. Read more

April 23, 2014 posted by Jacob Waters

Elizabeth Warren, Howard Dean, and the Progressive Case for Education Reform

Opponents of education reform frequently try to frame the issue as part of Republican ideology. It’s a convenient political maneuver, for sure. Read more

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