Education Policy

Ahead of the salt curve in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — The majority of school-aged children — about 90 percent — consume too much sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Iowa schools already are ahead of the curve when it comes to reduc [...]

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Jammed ballot scanners forces recounts of 3,155 votes in Cedar Rapids PPEL election

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jammed ballot scanners have prompted the Linn County Auditor's Office to call for a recount at two polling places, where 3,155 votes were registered in the Cedar Rapids school tax levy election on Tuesday.

Ballots at J [...]

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Four school districts, Diversity Focus create equity center

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Community School District is partnering with Diversity Focus and three other school districts in the region on an initiative to improve equity.

There will be short-term and long-term goals, but the first item [...]

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Group reviewing state university admission wants more transparency

A group charged with reviewing a five-year-old scoring index for applicants to Iowa’s regent universities will meet later this month to discuss changing the system to make it more equitable and transparent.

The discussion comes after [...]

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Three school elections slated for Sept. 9

Friday marked the deadline for school district representatives in Linn County to file paperwork with the Auditor’s Office to get on the ballot for the Sept. 9 special election date.

As of Friday morning, two area districts are slated [...]

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Critics question new Iowa City external school bus cameras

Critics say newly installed stop-arm cameras on Iowa City school buses violate the city’s traffic camera ban that, when adopted in 2013, was considered rare and possibly unique nationally.

At minimum, they said these cameras, which he [...]

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Nine districts request No Child Left Behind waiver

Nine of Iowa’s largest school districts, including Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, are collaborating to confront parts of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Those two school systems have joined with Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moin [...]

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Cedar Rapids students make overall gains in reading, math

More of the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s students are making the grade when it comes to math and reading.

The results for the 2013-14 Iowa Assessments, released earlier this summer, show that 74 percent of district test-ta [...]

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Board of Regents consultant: There could be job adjustments, consolidations

Potential cuts to jobs and programs were among the concerns expressed Wednesday during a public forum on the University of Iowa campus to discuss initial findings from a Board of Regents efficiency review.

One UI staff member asked officials [...]

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Iowa City schools to de-emphasize diversity policy in redistricting

IOWA CITY — Administrators in the Iowa City Community School District will make another attempt at drawing new elementary school boundaries, this time with less emphasis on the district’s controversial diversity policy.

School [...]

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Discrimination cited for low minority representation in academic posts

A majority of full professors in the United States are white men, and scholars for years have suggested that bias is partly to blame for the lack of women and minorities in academia.

A new study analyzing possible discrimination along the [...]

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Iowa City school district to explore magnet school idea

IOWA CITY — After years of being on parents’ wish lists, the formation of a magnet school is now a real possibility in the Iowa City Community School District.

District administrators in recent days developed an idea to turn T [...]

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Reynolds touts Iowa’s STEM efforts at national conference

WASHINGTON — It reaches one in five Iowa students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. It consumes millions of dollars in state money. It is led by 45 of Iowa’s top educators and employers.

And the Iowa STEM program ha [...]

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Cedar Rapids school district administrator Maske wins statewide honor

Less than three weeks after the announcement of Taft Middle School Principal Gary Hatfield as Iowa’s 2014 Middle-Level Principal of the Year, School Administrators [...]

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Corridor districts not immune to NCLB impact

The sanctions resulting from No Child Left Behind complicate what's already a difficult situation for the Iowa City Community School District.

The school system has six Title I SINA (Schools in Need of Assistance) buildings — Coralvi [...]

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