When the 2016 Iowa Legislative Session kicked off back in January, I had this to say to the 50 state senators, 100 house members, and our long-serving governor in Terry Branstad. In it, I detailed a high-level view of priorities for our leaders: We want affordable education that returns quality results. We want fair taxes […]
A Better Iowa: It’s Time for a Real Debate on Iowa’s Educational Future Everyone can agree that education in Iowa is important. Whether is it pre-school, elementary, middle, high school or college; education is the key to strong communities and strong long-term economic growth. Therein ends the agreement from the General Assembly. How we get there […]
Clarinda Herald: Virtual welding sparks interest of students Excerpt In response to the demand from several area manufacturers, Clarinda High School has started a new program to teach students the fundamentals of a highly sought after skill. Utilizing advancements in technology, Clarinda students are being introduced to welding through the use of virtual reality. Commentary […]
Huffington Post: ‘No Child Left Behind’ Overhaul Passes Senate In Milestone Vote Excerpt The Senate voted on Wednesday to pass an overhaul of No Child Left Behind called the Every Student Succeeds Act. The move comes after the House of Representatives voted to pass the overhaul last week, and over eight years after the No […]
NPR: Does It Pay To Pay Teachers $100,000? Excerpt But their real-life counterparts aren’t getting rich, either. The average pay for a teacher in the United States? About $56,000, usually higher in urban districts, lower in rural ones. Add the fact that salaries fell in recent years, and it’s probably no surprise that more teachers […]
Sir Ken Robinson says it best: The role of a teacher is to facilitate learning.
The Des Moines Register has asked a really good (and fair) question: How do Iowa students today compare with those 20 years ago? Their story Iowa schools: Are they better or worse off? details the changes in funding, costs, and success of Iowa schools and students. A few numbers stood out to me: Fourth-grade reading […]