Thursday Morning Read: Coralville offenders pursuing education; tuition income falls short; Iowa GOP lands Spicer for banquet

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TODAY’S WEATHER — Mostly cloudy. High 65, low 53.

CORALVILLE OFFENDERS PURSUING EDUCATION — Offenders at the Iowa Medical & Classification Center (IMCC) in Coralville are participating in a fall speaker series on topics including World War I poetry, religion, human rights, civil liberties, yoga and job interviews. Kathrina Litchfield, programs coordinator for the UI Center for Human Rights, planned the series and hopes it can grow into a college-in-prison program in which offenders can earn or finish college degrees. Read more:

TUITION INCOME FALLS SHORT — With Iowa’s Board of Regents virtually certain to raise tuition again, the state’s public universities reported news this week that’s sure to complicate the debate over how much of an increase is appropriate: Despite hefty hikes last year, they fell millions short in raising the tuition revenue forecast. Read more:

IOWA GOP LANDS SPICER FOR BANQUET — Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel will be the featured speaker at Iowa Republicans’ annual Reagan Dinner next month, but the undercard is getting most of the attention. That’s because former presidential press secretary Sean Spicer, who has been spoofed on “Saturday Night Live,” will be giving the GOP faithful in insider’s view of the Trump White House. Read more:

HAWKEYE RUNNING GAME STILL LOOKING FOR TRACTION — Iowa’s defense and special teams haven’t been perfect, but both units have played, more or less, recognizable Iowa football. Maybe the most “Iowa football” part of Iowa football has yet to gain traction. The Hawkeyes haven’t run the football to Iowa standard, at least in the two games against ranked opponents (Penn State and Michigan State). Read more:

QUOTABLE“Since Pearson’s proposal was predicated upon using local employees and facilities to develop, administer and report the assessments, the Pearson bid also keeps tax dollars in Iowa. Awarding to an out-of-state vendor results in the potential loss of tax revenue for Iowa.” Pearson spokesman Scott Overland, on the company losing a bid to develop Iowa’s new standardized tests to an out-of-state company

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