Rick Perry Talks Red State Polices, Immigration at Altoona Business Roundtable


Texas Governor Rick Perry discussed immigration, the border crisis, and economic red state policies at a business roundtable meeting in Altoona, IA.

No Action Taken on Branstad’s Common Core Order


The Iowa Department of Education still has not taken action on Governor Terry Branstad’s Common Core executive order issued nine months ago.

Iowa House Passes Review Process for Academic Standards


(Des Moines, IA) The Iowa House yesterday afternoon passed HF 2439 in bipartisan fashion 96-0.  The bill is the successor to HSB 592 and was authored by State Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) who chairs the House Education Committee.  “What this bill does is that it assures us that we have a transparent and open […]

Iowa Races to the Early Childhood Trough


The State of Iowa’s application for a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant opens up Iowa to Federal involvement in early childhood education.

Grassley Launches Effort to Prohibit Common Core Funding


Senator Chuck Grassley is asking his colleagues to sign onto a letter that requests future federal funds for the Common Core and its assessments be cut off.

Grading Mitt Romney’s Education Plan


After pretty much wrapping up the GOP nomination Mitt Romney rolled out his education plan late last month.  The topic has largely been ignored throughout the campaign (unless I was asking the question of Presidential candidates when they came through Iowa).  Life has prevented me from reading his plan until now.  I wanted to give […]

Sarah Palin Was a Prophet About Obama’s Education Takeover


By Maggie Gallagher Sarah Palin was the first to recognize the problem: By participating in President Obama’s signature education initiative, Race to the Top which pushed the Common Core standards, Alaska would lose control over its own curriculum. On May 31, 2009, then-Gov. Palin announced Alaska would adopt a “watch and wait” attitude: “If this […]