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.
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.
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.
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 passed SF 2, a bill that reallocates state taxpayer money away from abortion providers, by a party-line 30 to 20 vote.
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.
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.
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 Governor Terry Branstad unveiled an agenda to help veterans in his Condition of the State address that received bipartisan approval.
The Iowa Legislature conference committee meeting on education reform was a shining moment for House Republicans to standing firm on educational freedom.
Conflicting education reform bills are being discussed in a joint Iowa House and Senate Conference Committee to iron out differences.
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 are trying to advance three bills that would move Iowa toward being a nanny state with more government control.
I wanted to bring to your attention an interesting article yesterday about the rather surprising news that Iowa was not granted its No Child Left Behind waiver request. Alyson Klein for Education Week wrote: Turning down Iowa’s waiver could be a bold political move on the department’s part. First off, it’s a swing state that […]
Below is an action alert from the Iowa Association of Christian Schools: Both legislative chambers have passed their own version of Senate File 2284, the education reform bill. The bill has been sent to a conference committee to work out a final bill which will be voted on with no amendments. Many provisions affect non-public […]