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K-12 Education

Re-imagining education for an emerging future. Issues include funding, governance, STEM, school choice, rural education, early childhood literacy and community engagement.

Imbalance continues in K-12 school funding, Iowa Ideas panel says

CEDAR RAPIDS - If education funding in Iowa received a grade, some education experts and legislators said Friday that it would be a poor one.... READ MORE

State education advocates discuss school choice and voucher systems in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS - The idea of Iowa adopting a school voucher program - and taking money away from public schools - gives an Iowa school administrator pau... 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

Data: Iowa's changing public schools

As rural populations and school enrollment decline in Iowa, some public school districts are forced to make tough choices. ... 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

Trace Pickering, pioneer in learner-centered education, to keynote K-12 education track

Trace Pickering, executive director of Iowa BIG and associate director of practitioner engagement and learning at Education Reimagined, will keynote t... READ MORE

Symposium recap: Trauma-informed practices and 21st century classrooms

A handful of educators, parents and policy-makers met in Des Moines on Wednesday for a symposium about the future of K-12 education.... READ MORE

Building resiliency against adverse childhood experiences

In his seventh-grade English class, Jeremiah Zhorne showed his teacher an essay he'd written for homework. Maybe, he told her, he should start over. M... READ MORE

Guest column: Why we have to teach creativity in school

Creativity is the fuel that drives the engine of innovation that produces wealth and opportunity for all.... READ MORE

Advocates take on K-12 challenges at Iowa Ideas Symposium

CEDAR RAPIDS - To be a successful citizen, you need grit, perseverance and curiosity, said educators, community members and students Tuesday at a conv... READ MORE

Iowa school districts cope with when to consolidate — and when to stand alone

After an overtime win, half the Diagonal girls basketball team rushed courtside to grab clarinets, flutes and a snare drum.... READ MORE

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