Iowa Senate Considers Tweaking School Year Start Time

The Iowa Senate Education Committee will consider a bill that will allow public school districts and accredited non-public schools to start their school year on the Monday following the end of the Iowa State Fair if it falls earlier than August 23.

McCoy Wants Independent Private Instruction Parents to Notify Schools

State Senator Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) introduced a bill into the Iowa Senate that would require parents who homeschool under independent private instruction (IPI) to submit a written notice to their local school districts by September 1st of their intent to do so.

K-12 Education Bills of Note Before Iowa Legislature Early in 2018

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.

The Des Moines Register’s Obsession With Homeschooling Crops Up Again

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.

The Battle to Mold the American Mind

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.

Five Concerns About Iowa’s ESSA Accountability Plan

Shane Vander Hart shares five primary concerns he has about the final draft of Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability plan.

Five Concerns With Iowa’s Winning Student Assessment Vendor

The Iowa Department of Education announced American Institutes for Research (AIR) was selected develop Iowa’s new student assessment. Here are five concerns.

ACT Says Only 31 Percent of Iowa Graduates Are College-Ready

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.

Fifteen Ivy League Professors’ Advice for Students: Think for Yourself

“Open-mindedness, critical thinking, and debate are essential to discovering the truth. Moreover, they are our best antidotes to bigotry.”

Our Iowa GOP Poll Shows Strong Support for Education Liberty

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 Push Polls Anti-Homeschooling Narrative

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.

The New Civics Pushes Progressive Advocacy Through Service Learning

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 Adopting Smarter Balanced, Iowa Looks for a New Assessment

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.

Homeschooling: The Ultimate School Choice

Pioneer Institute released a new education policy study entitled “Homeschooling: The Ultimate School Choice” authored by William Heuer and William Donovan.

Should Iowa Require High School Students to Pass U.S. Citizenship Exam?

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.

Iowa’s New Science Standards and Man-Made Climate Change

Shane Vander Hart: The Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Iowa, emphasize that humans are the primary cause of climate change.