K-12 Education

Most schools in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City not meeting federal targets

IOWA CITY — More Iowa schools and school districts are falling short on test participation and math and reading proficiency targets under the No Child Left Behind law, according to the 2014 State Report Card released on Tuesday by the Iowa [...]

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Solon voters approve; Springville voters reject school bonds

Solon voters strongly approved two major school projects, while Springville voters rejected a plan for a major expansio [...]

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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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Cedar Rapids voters get 2nd crack at tax increase for school buildings

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids voters will get a second chance to extend and increase the tax levy that will pay for less-than-flashy but what some say is much need school building upkeep.

The school district is asking for a 10-year phys [...]

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Springville's decision: Upgrading a rundown school meets declining enrollment

SPRINGVILLE — School is one of the biggest draws in Springville, a town some 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids with about 1,100 people and few businesses.

“A school is the life blood of a small community,” said Springville re [...]

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Iowa City school board OK’s plan to educate sex offender

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City school board Tuesday night approved a plan on how to educate a student who is a registered sex offender.

Following a 25-minute session closed to the public, the board voted 5 to 0 to accept a recommendation [...]

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Cedar Rapids school board approves new model for mental health services

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids school board on Monday evening approved a grant-backed agreement that will shift the model for the district’s mental health services from one that addresses problems through therapy to one where mental [...]

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Iowa City school board to debate placement of student sex offender

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City school board will hold an unusual meeting next week to discuss where a student who is a registered sex offender should receive schooling.

Superintendent Stephen Murley, citing a federal student-privacy law, [...]

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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 national co [...]

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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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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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Broadened provision may bring free breakfasts, lunches for Iowa students

With the start of school nearing, another year of packing lunches looms for parents and students.

But this year, a program change has the potential to allow more families to leave providing lunch — as well as breakfast — to the [...]

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