Gap narrows between Iowa students and national peers on ACT

CEDAR RAPIDS — The news is mixed for Iowa’s 2014 high-school graduates when it comes to their performance on the ACT.

With an average composite score of 22 on the 36-point college-entrance exam, Iowa students bested their natio [...]

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Eighth-grader announces candidacy for Cedar Rapids school board election

CEDAR RAPIDS — Matthew Haile spent his summer vacation a bit differently than his peers at Franklin Middle School. The Cedar Rapids resident, who will begin eighth-grade later this month, kicked off his campaign.

The 13-year-old is ho [...]

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Iowa universities spending more on student names

It’s not like Kaylee Gattone didn’t already know about the University of Iowa. Her brother attended and talked a lot about campus life, as did others from her hometown of Oak Lawn, Ill.

But the 17-year-old high school senior an [...]

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All Corridor students are created equal?

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Community School District administrators took a shot at being students on July 31 and Aug. 1.

During those two days, Educational Leadership and Support Center administrators and staff, learning support emp [...]

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Iowa City school district to hold ‘listening posts’ on boundaries

IOWA CITY — Starting this week, the Iowa City school board will hold meetings to hear what people think about proposed boundary changes.

The events, which the school district dubs “listening posts” and are not full-fled [...]

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Linn-Mar hires search firm, wants new superintendent

MARION — The Linn-Mar school board is hiring a national search firm with the intention of selecting a new superintendent by Jan. 1.

The new superintendent will succeed Katie Mulholland, who will retire June 30, 2015, after serving at [...]

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Iowa State University adding chief diversity officer

IOWA CITY — Iowa State University, among other equity-geared initiatives, is hiring a chief diversity officer based on concerns and recommendations identified through its most comprehensive diversity audit ever.

ISU President Steven L [...]

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Cedar Rapids district admins share more about Johnson magnet decision

CEDAR RAPIDS — Many elementary schools met the criteria to become the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s first magnet school, but a number of factors made Johnson Elementary School the best choice.

That was the message As [...]

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Administrator Kortemeyer divides time between Springville and Linn-Mar districts

Amy Kortemeyer is forcing two Eastern Iowa school districts to learn to share.

Starting her seventh year as director of elementary teaching and learning for the Linn-Mar Community School District, Kortemeyer added another title in July  [...]

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Regents’ ‘transparent, inclusive’ meetings remain closed

Despite the name and mission of a Board of Regents-created subcommittee formed to oversee a systemwide “Transparent, Inclusive, Efficiency Review” of Iowa’s public universities, the group’s meetings have been kept close [...]

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Local band prepares for season, sets goal for new uniforms

Marching bands across Cedar Rapids have begun summer camp training and rehearsals.

The Jefferson High School Band started its summer practice schedule on Monday with around 165 band students representing 9th through 12th-graders. Thad Driske [...]

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Johnson Elementary slated to be magnet school by next year

STEAM will descend on Johnson School of the Arts beginning in fall 2015.

That's when Cedar Rapids Community School District administrators plan to have the school ready to become the system's first magnet school, with a focus on science, t [...]

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Iowa State officials discontinue VEISHEA, retire name

AMES — VEISHEA, the annual Iowa State University celebration that has perhaps become best known for outbreaks of violence, has been permanently canceled, school President Steven Leath announced Thursday.

“I'm not going to conti [...]

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Iowa Regents to require expense receipts from Deloitte

A consulting firm hired to conduct an efficiency review of Iowa’s public universities will start providing receipts for expenses including meals, travel, and lodging after the Board of Regents allowed the firm to expense $220,273 to the uni [...]

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University of Iowa, ISU, Coe expect to set records with fall enrollment

Enrollment at several universities and colleges across Eastern Iowa and the state is shaping up to set records this fall, including at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and Coe College.

Most schools are wary about releasing speci [...]

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