Education policy, school choice, local control in education and homeschooling
Roosevelt High School Teacher Promotes Student Walkout for Gun Control
A social studies teacher at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines announced a student walkout calling for gun control over the school’s PA system on Wednesday morning along with a call for people to call their elected representatives to change gun laws and mental health approaches.
Anti-Common Core, School Choice Bills Die in Iowa House
HF 2317, a bill that would make the Iowa Academic Standards voluntary for public schools and accredited non-public schools and HSB 651, a bill that would expand school choice in Iowa, died in the Iowa House Education Committee without a vote.
Iowa Student Opportunities Act Introduced in Iowa House
HSB 651, the Iowa Student Opportunities Act, was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill would create an educations savings grant program and a new charter school program to expand school choice for Iowa’s public school families.
Bill Allowing Homeschoolers in Iowa Learning Online Initiative Advances
A bill, SSB 3030, allowing families that homeschool under competent private instruction or independent private instruction to utilize the Iowa Learning Online Initiative passed in the Iowa Senate Education Committee.
Robbins Advocates for Student Privacy Before U.S. House Education Committee
Jane Robbins, a senior fellow with American Principles Project, was one of four witnesses for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce‘s hearing on “Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Future of Education.”
All Iowans Should Benefit From Open Enrollment Law
A bill up for consideration in the Iowa Legislature would eliminate the implementation of a voluntary diversity plan as a reason to deny open enrollment of a student that allows certain school districts to hold higher-income families hostage.
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.