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Public Education
Nearly 19,000 students approved for Iowa’s Students First Education Savings Accounts

Iowa’s new school program has almost 19,000 students participating in its first year, the state’s Department of Education announced Thursday. Of approximately 25,000 applicants, 18,893 students were approved to receive… Read More

October 13, 2023
Public Education
Iowa school district’s new hiring policy allows convicted criminal to apply

The largest school district in Iowa will now consider applicants with criminal records after revising its hiring policy. The Des Moines Public School District Superintendent Ian Roberts announced the change… Read More

October 11, 2023
Public Education
Audit: Iowa public school administrative costs up 20% in 6 years

An audit by the state of Iowa showed administrative costs for public schools went up by 20% over the last six years as some lawmakers seek crack down on top-heavy… Read More

October 5, 2023
Courts
Court unanimously rules to halt district policy that forces students to ‘respect’ gender identity

(Daily Caller News Foundation) – An Eighth Circuit Court panel of judges unanimously ruled Friday that an Iowa school district’s policy requiring students and staff to “respect” their classmates’ gender… Read More

October 2, 2023
Courts
Nebraska superintendent admits allegations from his lawsuit against his former employer were false

A former Iowa superintendent has admitted some allegations he made in a lawsuit against his former school board were false. Paul Gausman was the superintendent of Iowa’s Sioux City Community… Read More

September 13, 2023
Public Education
More students approved for Iowa education savings accounts

(The Center Square) – Over 18,000 students in Iowa have been approved for education savings accounts, up by over 1,000 since last month, according to the state Department of Education. Read More

August 9, 2023
Public Education
School district flags nearly 400 books that may depict sex acts, gender identity in violation of new state law

(Daily Caller News Foundation) – An Iowa school district has flagged 374 books to review because they may violate a new state law that prohibits the teaching of gender identity… Read More

August 1, 2023
Legislation
Iowa officials respond to district court’s temporary injunction on new abortion ban

(The Center Square) – An Iowa district court decided Monday to issue a temporary injunction on the law legislators passed last week to ban abortion. Gov. Kim Reynolds had called… Read More

July 18, 2023
Christian Schools
‘I am so grateful I could go to a private Christian school.’ Valedictorians talk about the impact of their faith-based education, future plans 

Unique educational and extra-curricular offerings, strong Christian relationships, and an emphasis on faith are among the most impactful qualities of a Christian education, say three students who graduated at the… Read More

July 18, 2023
Legislation
Iowa governor signs ‘heartbeat bill’ banning abortion after 6 weeks

(The Daily Signal) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a “heartbeat bill” into law on Friday, banning abortions after six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Read More

July 17, 2023
Legislation
Iowa legislators pass second-round-bill to ban abortions

(The Center Square) – Iowa legislators, in a special session Tuesday, again passed a bill to forbid doctors from performing an abortion once the doctor detects the unborn child’s cardiac… Read More

July 13, 2023
Legislation
New Iowa education laws go into effect with emphasis on parents’ rights

A slate of newly signed Iowa laws officially took effect July 1, including an education bill that enforces parental rights. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed several bills into law on May… Read More

July 6, 2023
Courts
Iowa Supreme Court effectively blocks six-week abortion ban

The Iowa Supreme Court failed to lift a previous court’s injunction against the 2018 state law prohibiting abortion at six weeks, when a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. The 2018… Read More

June 20, 2023
Public Education
Iowa ESA program receives thousands of applications on first day  

Before the end of the first day of applications for Iowa’s new Education Saving Accounts on Wednesday, thousands had already poured in, according to Gov. Kim Reynolds. “7,256+ applications in… Read More

June 1, 2023
Legislation
Iowa nixes lessons on gender identity, sexual orientation in K-6 classrooms

(Daily Caller News Foundation) – Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a piece of legislation Friday prohibiting lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation from K-6 public and charter school… Read More

May 31, 2023
Legislation
Iowa governor: education bills provide ‘transformational’ reform

(The Center Square) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed seven bills that cover education issues, her office announced Friday. The bills’ topics range from parents’ rights, state board of regents’… Read More

May 30, 2023
Courts
Iowa school district facing lawsuit over secrecy about school counselor’s resignation after inappropriate student contact

An Iowa school district is facing a lawsuit after failing to disclose information to the public regarding the “voluntary resignation” of a school counselor accused of inappropriate contact with… Read More

May 18, 2023
Christian Schools
Iowa opens applications process for education savings accounts May 31

(The Center Square) – Iowans can begin applying for educations savings accounts May 31, Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office said Thursday. The accounts allocate state funding for students who meet certain… Read More

May 5, 2023
Public Education
Iowa on verge of keeping gender identity, sex lessons out of the classroom

(Daily Caller) – The Iowa House passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation in K-6 public and charter school classrooms. In a 57-38 … Read More

April 21, 2023
Public Education
Iowa Senate confirms school choice advocate as Department of Education director

The Iowa Senate voted 37-13 to confirm the appointment of school choice champion Chad Aldis as head of the state’s Department of Education. Last fall, the Republicans won… Read More

April 18, 2023