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Governor:Terry Branstad
Director of Education:Jason Glass
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:495,775
Number of school districts:359
Number of public schools:1,436
Number of public school teachers:34,642
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,748
Percent minority students:18.5%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:38.0%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:4.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:47.7%
8th grade math:35.8%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:38.0%
8th grade reading:36.7%

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A school attendance program in Connecticut, a free preschool in Kansas, and summer learning programs in Illinois and Iowa are all part of an effort to ensure students read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
May 11, 2015 - Education Week
Just-retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, championed education equality and the rights of people with disabilities in his storied career on Capitol Hill.
January 5, 2015 - Education Week
November 12, 2013 - Education Week
As more districts trim the school week to cope with budget crunches, the WACO district is doing so to expand student enrichment opportunities and teachers' professional development.
September 17, 2013 - Education Week
The fate of state education policy changes passed in 2010 may hinge on elections for a few hotly contested legislatures this fall.
August 7, 2012 - Education Week
As increasing numbers of states move to end social promotion, some are also including interventions to help students learn to read.
March 27, 2012 - Education Week
New GOP governors and state school chiefs will be poised to wield fresh influence on education policy.
November 3, 2010 | Updated: May 27, 2015 - Education Week
Faced with budget woes, a handful of states look to a little-used legal provision to offer an escape hatch from federal spending mandates.
June 15, 2010 - Education Week
The Fort Madison school district, which already has cameras inside its buses to watch the students, is now putting cameras on the outside to catch drivers who illegally pass in this Iowa community.
June 7, 2010 - Education Week

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