U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King said that he has concerns aren’t “getting the range of options that are good for all kids.”
State Representative Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) filed HF 214 that would repeal Independent Private Instruction enacted in 2013 in a legislative bargain.
Education savings accounts are a step in the right direction when it comes to education reform and raising student achievement.
A new report released provides a compilation of nationwide polling data that shows growing support for expanded school choice.
I read people I disagree with. I believe it is healthy to do so. It sharpens you and opens you up to new ideas. Diane Ravitch is one of those people I read. She is a education historian and Research Professor of Education at New York University. She and I do share a similar concern […]
I read an interesting article in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s desire to replace the statewide voluntary preschool program that is currently being funded by the state aid formula at around $3500/per student with a voucher program that would assist families who earn less than 250-300% of the poverty level with […]
Sam Sorbo at Big Government makes the case for how public schools exasperate trouble with parent-child relationships in a humorous way: Parents wonder where their relationship with their teen went wrong. Answer: Their influence was all but eclipsed the moment the child crossed the school threshold. It’s that simple. Each day a young child goes […]
Iowa’s political landscape after Tuesday has shifted. In Governor Chet Culver’s loss we have seen the first incumbent Governor to lose re-election since 1962 and there will be a Republican, albeit a very familiar one, back in Terrace Hill. There has been a radical swing in the Iowa House going from a strong Democrat majority […]
When the Wisconsin Assembly passed a comprehensive sex education bill that was signed into law (the “Healthy Youth Act”) last February by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle; it mandated kids be taught about contraceptives, how to use them, and how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Parents were still given the option to allow their students to […]
Ah the Iowa Democratic Party is up to it again. Instead of debating real issues they send out flyers like what you see below. This time the target is Ross Paustian, a farmer from Walcott, IA running for the Iowa House in House District 84. Ross why do you hate our kids so much? I […]
Nick Gillespie of Reason TV put together a short video that highlights why President Obama’s education vision and policy deserves an F 1. Money Talks. Obama says that the educational system needs new ideas and more money. Despite a doubling in inflation-adjusted per-pupil spending since the early 1970s, student achievement is flat at best. But […]
The last time I sat down with former Des Moines School Board Member Jonathan Narcisse to discuss An Iowa Worth Fighting For. I asked if he was considering a gubernatorial run. He said, “that’s an idea worth considering.” We met at Smokey Row in Des Moines last Friday to discuss why he’s running as what […]
Recently I had the opportunity to talk at length with Representative Rod Roberts (R-Carroll) who is one of the seven Republicans competing for the GOP nomination to run against Governor Chet Culver. Representative Roberts has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since January 2001. He also serves as the Assistant House Minority Leader and […]