Iowa Ideas 2018
September 20 - 21 | Cedar Rapids

Iowa Ideas is a nonpartisan, statewide learning experience designed to explore the key questions and big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa.

Created by The Gazette, Iowa Ideas consists of in-depth, solutions-focused journalism and events. Engaged citizens, community advocates and industry leaders are invited to join us.

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Education

As school choice movement grows, so does debate over cost

Cassie Mitvalsky never thought she would enroll one of her children in private school.... READ MORE

Conference replay: Early childhood education and literacy

Of more than 33,700 Iowa third-graders who took the Iowa Assessment in 2015-16, 23.1 percent were not proficient in reading. ... READ MORE

Diversity, inclusion and free speech on Iowa's college campuses

Colleges and universities have frequently found themselves at the center of heated political discussions about race, immigration, diversity and free s... READ MORE

The 'unfortunate bystanders' in homelessness are Iowa's children

IOWA CITY - To fully understand the situation, let's look at some numbers.... READ MORE

How can we create healthy school climates to help all students succeed?

Negative experiences at home don't disappear when students arrive at school.  Experiences like physical, emotional or sexual abuse, having mental ill... READ MORE

A student, a researcher, a Regent and a lawmaker weigh in on higher education funding

  Audio: replay conversations from Iowa Ideas 2017... READ MORE

Replay live stream: What would you do if school funding wasn't an issue?

Funding is a huge issue in education in Iowa, but just for an hour, we asked teachers, administrators, students and parents to set those concerns asid... READ MORE

ISU and UI leaders: Commercialized research won’t solve universities’ funding problems

CEDAR RAPIDS - Those looking for a 'silver bullet' to Iowa's higher education funding crisis won't find it in the commercialization of university rese... READ MORE

For richer and for poorer: A look at school funding in two Iowa districts

When her students arrived at school in the mornings with backpacks and books, they often were carrying worries and pain through Edmunds Elementary's t... READ MORE

Case study: Davenport's legal challenge against 'inequity in funding'

While students in neighboring districts of Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley were allowed to spend $6,665 and $6,724 respectively per student last year, ... READ MORE

Data: The ABC's of Iowa's school funding formula

When Iowa's school funding formula was written in the 1970s, it set an amount of money the state would spend per student. In the simplest of terms, st... READ MORE

Finances 101: Iowa college students now required to take 'cash course'

I am very confident in managing my money and do not need help.... READ MORE

Amid funding challenges, should universities follow the money?

Public higher education is not what it used to be.... READ MORE

Summer reading programs help narrow the gap

Somewhere between the daily reading instruction, math and fun activities that included watermelon seed estimating, sidewalk chalking and swimming at C... READ MORE

Iowa's campuses become focal points for debates on political expression, fake news

On the same day in January that state Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, proposed legislation to abolish tenure on Iowa's public university and community co... READ MORE

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