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.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Advances in Iowa Senate

Iowa’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) survived the first funnel week of the 2018 legislative session. SSB 3171, sponsored by State Senator Julian Garrett (R-Indianola) was passed out of the Iowa Senate Local Government Committee by a 7 to 4 vote.

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 Iowa Senate Votes to Defund Abortion Providers

The Iowa Senate passed SF 2, a bill that reallocates state taxpayer money away from abortion providers, by a party-line 30 to 20 vote.

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.

Iowa Senate Votes to Lift Gun Suppressor Ban

The Iowa Senate votes 46 to 4 in favor of House File 2279 that removes gun suppressors from Iowa’s list of “offensive weapons” if signed into law.

Paulsen’s Gas Tax Hike Albatross

Speaker of the Iowa House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) has much to explain to his caucus and Iowans for actions he took to push a gas tax increase on Iowans.

Iowa Gov. Branstad Pushes Helping Vets in Condition of the State

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad unveiled an agenda to help veterans in his Condition of the State address that received bipartisan approval.

Education Reform: Iowa House Republicans Outmaneuver Senate Democrats

The Iowa Legislature conference committee meeting on education reform was a shining moment for House Republicans to standing firm on educational freedom.

Education Reform in Iowa Goes to Legislature Conference Committee

Conflicting education reform bills are being discussed in a joint Iowa House and Senate Conference Committee to iron out differences.

Iowa Board of Regents Must Now Favor Homosexuality?

In a confirmation hearing with an Iowa Board of Regents nominee State Senators Quirmbach and McCoy look for “evolved” thinking on homosexuality.

Iowa Senate Democrats Push Nanny State Agenda

Iowa Senate Democrats are trying to advance three bills that would move Iowa toward being a nanny state with more government control.

Is Obama Playing Politics With Iowa’s NCLB Waiver Request Denial?

I wanted to bring to your attention an interesting article yesterday about…

Iowa Association of Christian Schools: Action Needed on Education Reform Bill

Below is an action alert from the Iowa Association of Christian Schools:…