K-12 Education

Iowa City-area residents asked to submit mascot ideas for new North Liberty high school

NORTH LIBERTY — Mascots do more than jump around in furry suits; they can unite a merged student body, provide an identity for sports, music and other activities and promote community spirit.

And now the Iowa City Community School Di [...]

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Branstad Listens in on Anti-Bullying Panel in Linn County

TROY MILLS — Addressing students at North-Linn Community Schools on Monday, Governor Terry Branstad thanked them for “recognizing the importance of standing up to bullying.”

Joined by his wife Chris and Lieutenant Govern [...]

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In tech world, women look for mentors

IOWA CITY — In 2013, a tweet accusing two men of making a sexist joke during PyCon, a heavily attended programming conference in Santa Clara, Calif., caused waves in the tech industry and ultimately resulted in their firing from gaming ad c [...]

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Ready for new season

STANWOOD — This year will mark the fifth that North Cedar is offering a robotics team.

Earlier this month, North Cedar robotics Coach Vicki Hamdorf took eight team members to the First Tech Challenge (FTC) kickoff party at Cent [...]

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Federal investigators hear feedback on Cedar Rapids schools

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids School District has come far in addressing the needs of students of color, district administrators and staff told federal investigators from the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Tue [...]

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Branstad to visit schools, discuss bullying with officials

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will visit three schools this fall to talk with local officials about what they are doing to prevent bullying in schools and what the state can do to help.

Branstad will be joined by his wife, Chr [...]

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Learning and selling

STANWOOD — Yearbook ad sales got started on Sept. 12th in the towns of Lowden, Wheatland, Clarence and Tipton.

The North Cedar High School yearbook staff asked local businesses to sponsor advertisements in the book to help make [...]

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Linn County officials in spat with Linn-Mar over pre-election postcards

CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County officials are in a spat with representatives of the Linn-Mar Community School District over a voter turnout initiative designed by Linn County Auditor Joel Miller, the cost of which local school districts are bein [...]

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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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