Ernst and Grassley Respond to Seclusion and Restraint in Schools Report

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley are pushing the U.S. Department of Education to immediately take action to ensure seclusion and restraint data is reported accurately.

Increase Iowa’s School Tuition Organization Tax Credit

Iowa Association of Christian Schools: Please send your legislators a message in support of an increase in School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credits.

Iowa Senate Returns Local Control ​to Iowa Schools

The Iowa Senate passed, SF 438, a bill designed to return more control to public schools and accredited non-public schools, by a party-line 32 to 17 vote.

School Choice Bill for Special Needs Students Advances in Iowa Senate

The Iowa Senate Education Committee passed a bill creating education savings accounts for special needs students enrolled in an accredited nonpublic school or denied open enrollment.

Iowa House Bill Requires “Health and Wellness” Checks of Homeschoolers

HF 272 sponsored by State Representative Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) requires school districts to perform quarterly home visits of their homeschooling families.

A Look at K-12 Education Funding in Iowa

Jason Schultz: Since FY 2011 funding for kindergarten through 12th grade in Iowa has increased $845 million.

Iowa House Democrat Bill Would Roll Back Homeschooling Freedom

State Representative Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City) introduced a bill, HF 182, that would roll back every gain made by Iowa’s homeschooling community in 2013.

Iowa Earns “D+” on Student Data Privacy Report Card

The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy and Network for Public Education gave the state of Iowa a “D+” for their ability to protect student data privacy.

Ocasio-Cortez Is An Example of Why We Need to Improve Civics Education

Shane Vander Hart: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez botching the three branches of government is not a significant problem, but the lack of civics education she represents is.

Pediatricians ​​​Group: Comprehensive Sex Education Is a Failure

American College of Pediatricians: “America’s young people deserve the best that we can give them; school-based sexual risk avoidance education is the best for children.”

U.S. Dept. of Ed to Investigate Sexual Assault Linked to School’s Transgender Policy

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced that it will investigate a complaint filed against the City Schools of Decatur on behalf of a kindergartener who was sexually assaulted in her school bathroom by a boy who identified as “gender fluid.”

Is Iowa’s Investment in Pre-K Education Worthwhile?

The Iowa Department of Education released revised standards for the state’s voluntary pre-K program, but skeptics point out studies show no long-term benefits.

School Leaders Weigh In on Civics Education

An Education Week Research Center report on Civics Education based on a survey of 524 school leaders paints a dismal picture.

How Bad Is The Gender Gap in K-12 Education?

How much of a gender gap do we have in K-12 education in the United States? Are girls experiencing a significant disparity? Some researchers believe so, and they are all about STEM, but they neglect a greater disparity between boys and girls in reading and college attendance.

Update: Reynolds Signs Bill Changing Iowa’s Statewide Assessment Developer

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bipartisan bill rejecting the Iowa Department of Education’s choice for a statewide assessment in favor of one developed by the University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Program.

Iowa’s NAEP Scores Mostly Stagnant, Sees Drop in 4th-Grade Reading

The 2017 results from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) show that while Iowa students performed better than the national average, their statewide average scores remain stagnant and 4th-graders saw a two-point drop in reading from 2015.