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Statewide enrollment continues to climb

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Friday, January 30, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, the overall number of students enrolled in Iowa’s public schools for the 2014-15 school year increased from the year before, according to the official certified enrollment report released today by the Iowa Department of Education. This pattern follows 17 years of declining enrollment.…

Public input sought on science standards

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
February public forums scheduled; survey opens today Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a preliminary proposal to update Iowa’s science standards. Buck announced a series of February public forums and an online survey following a state panel’s r…

Annual Condition of Education report is available

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Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Iowa Department of Education today released the latest edition of the Annual Condition of Education report. The report provides a wide range of state-level data, including shifts in student populations and demographics, teacher salaries and characteristics, student achievement results and school financial inform…

School Start Date Waivers

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Note: The guidance document attached to this story has been updated to accurately refect the new school start date law, which Gov. Branstad signed into law 04/10/15. Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck informed school administrators in December 2014 that the Department will no longer automatically grant …

Advisory: State Board of Education meets Thursday, Jan. 22

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Iowa State Board of Education’s next regular meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., in Des Moines. A work session begins at 7:45 a.m. in Room 19 of the State Capitol, followed by another work session at 9 a.m. in the State Board Room at the Grimes Bu…

The flu and your school

Date: 
Monday, January 5, 2015
Melissa Walker has taken this flu season personally. A 14-year-old friend of her daughter’s recently passed away from it. Walker, the Iowa Department of Education’s school nurse consultant, says school officials need to be on the watch for students who develop a dry cough, fever over 100 degrees, sore throat, fa…

To the top of the class

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Monday, December 29, 2014
Grinnell school named best for IEP education delivery Cherrill Oxenford was hesitant. OK, perhaps even more than hesitant. Her new principal, Jeff Kirby, decided they were going to change things up at Davis Elementary in Grinnell. That included, among other things, bringing together general and special education stu…

126 school districts chosen for teacher leadership system

Date: 
Friday, December 19, 2014
Note: This press release was updated 12/21/14 to reflect an updated number of school districts chosen to participate. Valley School District, which was selected in collaboration with North Fayette, was added to the list. In addition, Edgewood-Colesburg was moved from the 2016-17 list to the 2015-16 list. Iowa Depart…

Teachers may qualify for $4,000 award

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
First-year educators who are teaching in designated shortage areas are encouraged to apply for awards of up to $4,000 through the Teach Iowa Scholar Program. The awards, which can be received up to a maximum of five years, are designed for new teachers who are in their first contract with an Iowa school. They had to…

Iowa students chosen for prestigious U.S. Senate program

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Joshua Hughes Jack Hostager Two students have been selected as delegates to represent Iowa in the annual United States Senate Youth Program. Joshua Hughes, a senior from Interstate 35 High School in Truro, and Jack Hostager, a senior from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, each will receive a $5,000 s…

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