Des Moines Public School Employees Earn ‘Wellness’ Dollars Without Breaking a Sweat


( Des Moines, IA – Employees of the Des Moines Public Schools can forget about “no pain, no gain” when it comes to working out. Next school year, both the fit and flabby will be eligible to receive a Fitbit, one of the trendiest pieces of workout gear, and the only place the pain might […]

International Baccalaureate and Local Control


International Baccalaureate (IB) is harmless right?  It just helps students gain an appreciation for the world around them and diversity, right?  It promotes rigorous international educational standards that will help American students catch up to the rest of the world doesn’t it? IB is a non-profit educational foundation which was helped to launch by UNESCO […]

Extended School Calendar in Iowa for High-Risk Students An Unnecessary Mandate


Mary Stegmeir of The Des Moines Register wrote an article about the possibility of an extended school calendar.  This is something that has been discussed before, and the idea, Stegmeir reminds us, was repudiated in an Iowa Poll where only a third of Iowans supported extending the school calendar or school day.  So instead they […]

Disparity in Education Outcomes


I was intrigued with a Des Moines Register story from last week about the Iowa Supreme Court refusing to reinstate a lawsuit based on disparities in education.  Basically a group of parents and students from Des Moines, Davenport and West Harrison brought a lawsuit  which alleged the existence of a “disparity in educational outcomes (in […]

Time for Des Moines Public Schools Employees to Contribute Toward Family Medical Insurance

How many of you have your employers pick up the full cost of health benefits for not only you, but your family as well? I would suspect not many of you unless you are a full-time employee with one of 13 school districts in Iowa who still do this.  Staci Hupp at The Des Moines […]

Statement from Wright Elementary PTA President on the Showing of Keith Haring Video

A follow-up on yesterday’s post.  From Shelly Jerret, President of Wright Elementary’s PTA: The Keith Haring video that was shown to Des Moines Children by Wright Elementary art teacher Karen Maresh crossed a line and needs to be dealt with in such a way that both sends a strong message to other teachers, and which […]

Common Sense Lacking in Two Des Moines Metro Schools


Some items that affirm my family’s decision to home educate. Exhibit A: West Des Moines Community Schools: I was made aware of this by a fellow Preserve Innocence Iowa advisory board member on Monday.  The following was in a recent newsletter for their Walnut Creek Campus: The Walnut Creek library is a quiet place to […]

The Earmark King of Iowa: Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) office just announced a bunch of earmarks for education, health care, job creation and flood recovery in the FY 2010 Labor, Health and Human Services Omnibus Appropriations bill.  Over $9 million for Eastern Iowa, $9 million for Central Iowa, and $2 Million in Western Iowa (I’m sure that Western Iowa getting […]