Posts Tagged ‘ education ’

Notable Bills Effective July 1, 2013

June 28, 2013
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The following is a list of notable bills that will be going into effect on July 1st. Click here to see a PDF version of this list. Appropriations Items of Note Going into Effect on July 1 in Senate File 452: Iowa Tuition Grants – The state will increase the maximum amount a student at Iowa’s…

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New Report Reveals Ties Between School Choice Policies and Student Achievement

June 21, 2013
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This report was released prior to the Legislature’s passage of House File 215 (the Education Reform package).  The reform package does a number of things, with the main goal of elevating the teaching profession to recruit and retain the best teachers possible.  Other pieces of the bill dealt with private schools as well as reducing…

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Branstad names D.T. Magee as interim director of the Iowa Department of Education

June 18, 2013
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Gov. Terry E. Branstad today named Duane “D.T.” Magee, 42, as the interim head of the Iowa Department of Education. Magee starts June 24. He replaces outgoing Director Jason Glass. “We are conducting a nationwide search for our permanent Department of Education director, and I am pleased D.T. Magee is taking on this important role,”…

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Branstad Signs Bill to Expand Tax Credits for Private School Scholarship Donations

June 12, 2013
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This session House Republicans passed House File 625, a bill that greatly improves school choice options.  You can see the bill analysis by clicking here. From the Des Moines Register By Jason Noble Businesses as well as individuals will soon be able to take advantage of a tax credit for contributions to private-school scholarships. More…

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Branstad signs historic education reform into law

June 3, 2013
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Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed House File 215 into law, ushering in sweeping educational reform that will ultimately return Iowa’s schools to a national leader. The governor held his signing ceremony at North High School in Des Moines, where he praised the efforts of the many individuals across the state who helped shape the…

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Gov. Branstad to sign education reform bill into law Monday

May 30, 2013
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Gov. Terry Branstad today announced he will sign House File 215, the education reform bill, Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9 a.m. The bill signing will take place at North High School in Des Moines. Media outlets may arrive for setup beginning at 7:30 a.m. Media is asked to enter through the main doors and…

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2013 End of Session Report

May 23, 2013
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The following is the House Republican Caucus Staff’s end of session report: 2013 End of Session Report *Note:  All information is current as of May 22, 2013

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 22

May 22, 2013
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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 215 – Education Reform House File 489 – Insurance Division House File 620 – IEDA Tax Credit Cap House File 648 – Debt Reducion, Pension Obligations, and One-Time Appropriations Senate File 295 – Property Tax Senate File 446 –…

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Accountability Measures Improved Maryland’s Schools

May 21, 2013
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This past Sunday’s edition of the Des Moines Register featured a detailed article about Maryland schools surpassing Iowa schools based because of reforms enacted over the last decade.  A major centerpiece of these reforms was an accountability system that “put schools on notice” by requiring students to be proficient in essential school subjects. How Maryland…

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Iowa receives $1.2 million federal STEM grant

May 14, 2013
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Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a 3-year, $1.2 million grant to the Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council for the project entitled “Iowa STEM Education Evaluation (I-SEE): Navigating the Iowa STEM Roadmap.” The proposed plan is to build…

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