Education Policy

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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No Child Left Behind's 100 percent requirement hard to meet

Nearly every — if not all — Iowa school district will get a failing grade from the U.S. Department of Education this year.

That's not to say students, teachers, administrators or school boards are any worse than they have been [...]

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Several programs to be cut in Iowa City schools

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Community School District will eliminate foreign language classes and football for seventh-graders, alter music offerings, increase class sizes and make more changes as it cuts $3.6 million from its budget.

D [...]

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ISU professor: Updated 'nutrition facts' should include caffeine content

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to update its “nutrition facts” label based on the latest nutrition science, but one Iowa State University professor said she thinks the agency could go even further toward educating – and protectin [...]

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Iowa Senate passes education budget bill

The Iowa Senate voted Monday to approve a $986 million education budget for fiscal 2015 that would cover a tuition freeze at state universities, fund K-12 education reforms with $49 million and boost operating money for community colleges by $8 mi [...]

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Iowa Senate sends radon, crossbow bills to governor

The Iowa Senate on Tuesday accepted a scaled-down effort to raise awareness among schools officials of the potential harmful health threats posed by the presence of radon gas in their buildings.

Senators voted 39-10 to send Senate File 366 t [...]

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