There are currently four bills before the Iowa Legislature that pertain to Common Core and local control of education for duly elected local school boards.
Anti-Common Core candidates saw several victories in Governor races, state school chief races, school board races, and in state legislatures.
The Iowa House and Iowa Senate have put together a conference committee to iron out differences in their respective education reform bills. Of specific concern is a provision in the amended HF 215 which grants the Iowa Department of Education authority to mandate a different assessment (from what is already required by state law) to […]
I wrote back in January that there would have to be a statutory change in Iowa before the Iowa Department of Education could implement the assessments from the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium. Well that took one step forward last night when it was approved on a voice vote no less in the Iowa House. It […]
Local control in education is under attack again in Iowa. This time in the form of House Study Bill 671 that is currently being considered by the Iowa House Ways and Means Committee. The bill in essence says that the first day of school can be no earlier than September 1. If a school district […]
The Des Moines Register had an article on Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s education bill and how it would erode local control. They quote State Representative Greg Forristall who chairs the Iowa House Education Committee: Republicans, who often invoke the virtues of self-reliance and limited government, are “especially sensitive” to resisting centralization and preserving local control, […]