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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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Cedar Rapids PPEL officially passes by 31 votes

CEDAR RAPIDS — A very close election to increase the Cedar Rapids school district’s physical plant and equipment levy, or PPEL, appears to be over, with the measure passing by just 31 votes.

The Linn County Auditor’s Off [...]

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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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Cedar Rapids schools may shift models for mental health services

If Cedar Rapids school board members approve new agreements with the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health, school-based therapy largely will be replaced in favor of assessments and consultations.< [...]

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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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Linn-Mar superintendent to retire

MARION — Linn-Mar Superintendent Katie Mulholland will retire next year after leading one of the state’s fastest-growing school districts for more than a decade.

Mulholland, 66, filed a formal retirement request at Monday night [...]

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Private, community colleges get greener

Climate change and other environmental concerns are threatening both the quality of life and pocketbooks of Iowans — and the region’s private and community colleges are no exception.

That’s why many schools, including C [...]

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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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Seniors to build home, unity

Kennedy High School’s class of 2015’s last group project will require a lot of supplies, but not the typical pens, pencils and notebooks.

The 439 soon-to-be seniors will spend their final year fundraising and building a home f [...]

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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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Cedar Rapids school administrators to shuffle positions

Eight Cedar Rapids Community School District schools will welcome new principals or associate principals July 1:

l Van Buren Elementary School Principal Cindy Stock will become Grant Wood Elementary School’s principal.

l Kent Ry [...]

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New Linn-Mar program reaches to include more students in band, orchestra

MARION — Steve Stickney wants to do the right thing. The director of bands at Linn-Mar High School said that was his motivation for proposing the Music Connects program, a pilot announced earlier this month.

“Looking to the fu [...]

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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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Cedar Rapids schools workshop aims to ‘empower’ parents

Class will be in session Tuesday, May 6 for parents in the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

A dietitian from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, which bills itself online as “the world’s largest organizat [...]

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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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