Posts With Keyword ‘Education’

Learn How to Invest at the Washington Library

Posted: Sunday, January 6th, 2013 at 6:24 am

There’s still time to sign up for a free investment class in Washington.

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Lincoln Elementary Holds Conferences

Posted: Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 6:23 am

Lincoln Elementary School’s parent-teacher conferences have concluded.

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Education Reforms Get a Late Night Debate in the House

Posted: Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 6:26 am

Lawmakers have been looking at an Education Reform Package introduced by Governor Terry Branstad late last year. On Tuesday night, House Representatives had a debate on these reforms that stretched until almost midnight. A bulk of that time was spent discussing the part of the reforms dealing with early grade level literacy.

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Dept. of Education Looks at No Child Left Behind Waiver

Posted: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 6:26 am

The Iowa Department will release information on its waiver request for the No Child Left Behind Program today. Mid-Prairie and Keota Superintendent Mark Schneider says they hope to change how they report competency levels to the federal government. Currently, Iowa’s competency level for reading and math is the 41st percentile.

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Branstad Looks at New Standardized Testing

Posted: Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 6:25 am

Iowa Education Officials are looking at the possibility of ending the long standing Iowa Test of Basic Skills in favor of a test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The officials hope that this will shift the focus of standardized test from what they call a trivial pursuit type testing, to an assessment that focuses on critical thinking.

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Lone Tree School Honored by ACT

Posted: Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 6:22 am

Lone Tree High School is one of 50 schools across the Midwest to be honored by ACT, Inc. They are included on ACT’s list of Red Quill award winners.

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Branstad Looks to Change Allowable Growth in Schools

Posted: Friday, February 10th, 2012 at 6:25 am

Governor Terry Branstad has been looking at allowable growth in schools, as the Senate approved a 4% allowable growth for the 2013-2014 school year. Mid-Prairie and Keota Superintendent Mark Schneider explains that allowable growth is based on cost per student.

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National Guard Education Funding Passed

Posted: Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 6:23 am

As previously reported, the National guard announced that they would have to cut the financial aid given to its members from 90% to 50%.

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National Guard Education Funding on to Branstad

Posted: Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at 6:27 am

As previously reported, the National guard announced that they would have to cut the financial aid given to its members from 90% to 50%. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously agreed that they would re-appropriate $1.3 million in funding to help fund financial aid to the guardsmen who need it.

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Mid-Prairie Has a Unique Take on State School Issue

Posted: Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 6:23 am

Lawmakers and school officials are weighing in on the issue of the role of principals in schools. Both sides of the issue would like to see more interaction between teachers and administrators, but they disagree on how that time should be spent.

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Columbus School District Meeting

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 6:21 am

The School Board of Columbus Community Schools will meet Monday.

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Keota School District Meeting

Posted: Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 6:22 am

The Keota Community School District will have their regular meeting tonight. They will have two focuses at this meeting.

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Mid-Prairie and Keota Superintendent on Education Reforms

Posted: Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 6:23 am

Governor Terry Branstad’s Education Reform Package was announced last week. The total estimated cost of this package was $25 million a year.

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Branstad’s Education Reform Package

Posted: Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 6:27 am

Gov. Terry Branstad revealed his education reform package today. One of the biggest parts of this proposal is a reading level requirement for third graders.

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GPA Requirement for Teachers

Posted: Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 6:22 am

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Governor Terry Branstad has proposed a GPA requirement for prospective teachers who are applying to Iowa’s colleges.

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GPA for Prospective Teachers

Posted: Friday, December 9th, 2011 at 6:26 am

Governor Terry Branstad has proposed a GPA requirement for prospective teachers who are applying to Iowa’s colleges. The proposal would require a 3.0 GPA or a B average.

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Several Key Education Measures Emerge

Posted: Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 6:56 am

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press play to hear from Senator Becky Schmitz

As a key member of the Iowa Senate’s Education Committee, Fairfield Senator Becky Schmitz has been involved in several significant pieces of legislation introduced this session.

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Schmitz Supports Cash Reserve First Measure

Posted: Saturday, January 16th, 2010 at 6:36 am

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State Senator Becky Schmitz says she’s supporting a measure that would require school districts to use cash reserves before raising property taxes.

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