Iowa

Education took center stage in Iowa’s 2006 legislative session, resulting in measures to boost teacher salaries, start a pilot program that bases teacher pay on student achievement, expand preschool, and establish statewide graduation requirements.
May 17, 2006 – Education Week
The worst mumps outbreak in 20 years is prompting school administrators to use the generally mild disease as an opportunity to strengthen their ties with local health officials and test emergency plans that would be used in the breakout of a more serious illness.
May 17, 2006 – Education Week
Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa used his annual Condition of the State Address on Jan. 10 to shove aside any notion that he will be a lame-duck leader in the final year of his two-term tenure.
January 18, 2006 – Education Week
Like 18 other district chiefs in Iowa, Superintendent Bob Lehman splits his time between two school systems, each of which pays half his salary. Though sharing leaders helps small districts cut costs, it makes for a taxing job.
November 2, 2005 – Education Week
Public high school student-athletes in Iowa won’t be permitted to play sports if they fail a class under a proposed rule change.
September 21, 2005 – Education Week
After reading “Iowa Law Ends Use of Finger-Scan Technology,” I am baffled: Don’t we want children to be fingerprinted for safety?
September 21, 2005 – Education Week
A little-noticed Iowa law, designed to protect children by forbidding schools to collect their fingerprints, has halted the use of new technology that district leaders say has improved cafeteria and library operations.
September 7, 2005 – Education Week
Overall K-12 funding climbed by 5 percent to $2.2 billion for fiscal 2006. Some education programs, though, saw more significant increases.
August 10, 2005 – Education Week
It has been less than six months since the nation’s governors gathered for a summit on high schools, and already at least half a dozen states have enacted policies that require students to complete tougher academic programs to earn a diploma.
June 22, 2005 – Education Week
Like a growing number of other places in America’s heartland, West Liberty, Iowa, is watching its share of minority students shift into the majority. With the federal No Child Left Behind Act pushing schools to improve instruction for immigrant as well as U.S.-born students, raising test scores will be no easy task, as many Hispanic students here are still learning English.
May 18, 2005 – Education Week

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