Shane Vander Hart provides a round-up of K-12 education bills of note that are before the Iowa House and Iowa Senate Education Committees after the first week of the 2018 session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly.
Shane Vander Hart: Since it is the start of a new legislative session, The Des Moines Register takes yet another shot at homeschooling in 2018.
David Lantz: After a century of going down the progressive path to get to where we are at it won’t change overnight, but more and more see the need to act.
Shane Vander Hart shares five primary concerns he has about the final draft of Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability plan.
The Iowa Department of Education announced American Institutes for Research (AIR) was selected develop Iowa’s new student assessment. Here are five concerns.
ACT released a report this week that shows only 31 percent of Iowa’s graduates who took the ACT met all four of ACT’s college readiness benchmarks.
“Open-mindedness, critical thinking, and debate are essential to discovering the truth. Moreover, they are our best antidotes to bigotry.”
Our Iowa GOP readers favor Education Savings Accounts and oppose homeschool reporting, Common Core, and denying open enrollment based on economics.
The Des Moines Register followed up years of anti-homeschooling coverage with a push poll that supports the change in Iowa’s law they advocated for.
David Randall: All around the country you can find a New Civics movement that teaches progressive politics to students using the language of civics.
After the Iowa State Board of Education had adopted Smarter Balanced, a new law required the Department of Education to issue an RFP for a new assessment.
Pioneer Institute released a new education policy study entitled “Homeschooling: The Ultimate School Choice” authored by William Heuer and William Donovan.
John Hendrickson: The Civic Education Initiative is a step in the right direction in reversing this great moral problem of civic ignorance among high school graduates.
Shane Vander Hart: The Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Iowa, emphasize that humans are the primary cause of climate change.
In part II of Shane Vander Hart’s critique of Iowa’s new social studies standards, he expresses his concern about the potential for indoctrination.
Congresswoman Katerine Clark (D-MA) pressed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos whether Christian schools receiving federal funding could ban LGBT students.