Education Savings Accounts Receive New Life in the Iowa Senate

Education savings accounts were reintroduced in the Iowa Senate’s version of the Iowa Student Opportunities Act (SSB 3206) by State Senator Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) as an appropriations bill and passed through an appropriations subcommittee.

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.

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.

Shouldn’t Des Moines Public Schools Board Focus on Education?

Vander Hart: The Des Moines Public Schools Board passed two resolutions dealing with immigration and refugees issues voters did not elect them to handle.

Iowa Lawmakers Reach for Local Control of Education

There have been several bills filed in the Iowa House and Senate this year dedicated to devolving the power and control the Iowa Department of Education.

Des Moines Public School District Lacks Consistency

Shane Vander Hart: Des Moines Public Schools found a Confederate flag displayed on a student’s car was disruptive, but students walking out of class to protest Trump isn’t.

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

(Watchdog.org) Des Moines, IA – Employees of the Des Moines Public Schools…

International Baccalaureate and Local Control

International Baccalaureate (IB) is harmless right?  It just helps students gain an…

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

Mary Stegmeir of The Des Moines Register wrote an article about the…

Disparity in Education Outcomes

I was intrigued with a Des Moines Register story from last week…

Pro-Communism Flyer Handed Out at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines (Updated: Roosevelt High School responds)

Why is a pro-Communist flyer getting passed out to students at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines?

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…

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…

Common Sense Lacking in Two Des Moines Metro Schools

Some items that affirm my family’s decision to home educate. Exhibit A:…

The Earmark King of Iowa: Senator Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) office just announced a bunch of earmarks for…