Branstad statewide tour focuses on reducing bullying

SIOUX CITY — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday called on state legislators to move past the gridlock of the 2013-14 session and give schools more tools to fight bullying.

Branstad said state and school officials need to work toget [...]

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Iowa regents will mull eight more efficiency ‘opportunities’ in October

IOWA CITY — The Board of Regents will convene for a special meeting Oct. 2 to discuss eight more cost-saving, revenue-generating, or efficiency “opportunities” uncovered during a sweeping review of its universities.

Thos [...]

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Cedar Rapids school district being investigated over race-based discipline

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids School District is under federal investigation over whether its discipline practices discriminate against black students.

The Office of Civil Rights is conducting the investigation.

“We can [...]

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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 reformers focus on teaching profession

Teachers like Tania Johnson are excited about the prospects that a new Iowa reform process focusing on mentoring, collaborating and coordinating can have for transforming their students, their classrooms and their professions.

“It [...]

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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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Higher education tax credits falling short nationally, in Iowa

Use of higher education tax credits has skyrocketed, but a new study shows they’ve fallen short of their mission to make college more accessible and affordable.

Rising tuition costs, student debt, and access to low- and middle-income [...]

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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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Iowa State VEISHEA task force to recommend dropping festival’s name

Members of an Iowa State task force charged with studying the university’s historically troubled annual VEISHEA celebration and recommending a way forward said they believe, at the very least, administrators should drop the event’s n [...]

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University of Iowa originally thought ‘Girls’ filming could be positive

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa officials originally thought allowing an HBO crew to film scenes of its popular “Girls” show on campus — and feature the Iowa Writers’ Workshop — would be a positive mo [...]

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Iowa City school board delays vote on redistricting

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City school board Tuesday night voted to delay a discussion on redrawing school boundaries, but it wasn’t quite that simple.

The board voted 4-3 before an overflow crowd of a few hundred people to postpone [...]

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Task force proposed funding model that would take from University of Iowa, give to ISU, UNI

A proposed new and “improved” way of distributing state dollars to Iowa’s three public universities would reduce the University of Iowa’s allocation and boost funding to Iowa State University and the University of North [...]

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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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Cedar Rapids school board mulls budget cuts

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Monday work session shed light on where Cedar Rapids Community School District administrators hope to find almost $6 million to eliminate from the fiscal year continue »

Administrators, law enforcement discuss nature of school threats

On April 15, a little more than a week ago, bomb threats were reported at Anamosa High School and at Benton Community middle/high school.

Earlier in the month, a potential violent threat against Kennedy High School, in the Cedar Rapids Commu [...]

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