Shane Vander Hart: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has not said much about Common Core since being confirmed, and what she has said has been entirely incorrect.
Jack Whitver: Despite limited resources in budgeting for the FY 17-18, Iowa Senate Republicans support adding $40 million in new K-12 education spending.
The Iowa Department of Education says it will stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer.
Former State Representative Jeff Kaufmann lauded Governor Branstad’s belief in local control of education which rings hallow to anyone who knows better.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s executive order is a good first step at addressing concerns surrounding the Common Core, but doesn’t end the debate.
Rod Blum says the Common Core Standards were poorly designed and testing students at a national, one-size fits all manner can’t produce reliable results.
Kathleen Porter-Magee and Sol Stern ask in the National Review why conservatives object to the Common Core State Standards. Here are six reasons.
Glenn Beck shined a spotlight on the Common Core State Standards in his show on The Blaze TV saying it is one of the greatest problems we now face.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s Condition of the State address contained some good ideas,but it hardly outlined the bold agenda that is has been touted as.
Iowa House and Senate Republicans along with the Branstad Administration introduced the Iowa Strong Schools component of their Iowa Strong Initiative and it is too vague to criticize or praise.
Congressman Steve King (R-Kiron) and Former First Lady Christie Vilsack (D-Ames) discussed education in the final debate in the Iowa 4th Congressional Race.
Rick Santorum, you would think went off script a little bit tonight in his speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL. His focus was not on job creation, though he did bring a message of prosperity to those watching. He said there are three rungs to success – a strong family, a […]
Fresh from my inbox an email from the Governor Branstad Committee: Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds want to hear from you! They embark on a new round of education town halls this week, and they will be gathering ideas and input on how we can make Iowa schools the best in the country […]
Jason Noble of The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad suggested that Iowa Senate Democrats among others could face political fallout because of their opposition to elements of his K-12 education reform bill. I highly doubt it. Branstad was brought into office mainly because of former Governor Chet Culver’s inability to govern, […]
Looking at the education policy wasteland in Iowa we have a House bill that was passed by a majority of Republicans who evidently checked their local control principles at the door, but it at least doesn’t expand the Iowa Core. We have a Senate bill that was just passed yesterday on a party line vote […]
Local control in education is under attack again in Iowa. This time in the form of House Study Bill 671 that is currently being considered by the Iowa House Ways and Means Committee. The bill in essence says that the first day of school can be no earlier than September 1. If a school district […]