Category Archives: Education

School Vouchers Rear Their Ugly Head In Iowa

Like many we got an email Wednesday night warning us that Iowa senate Republicans were going to take a run at passing a school voucher law for Iowa. Many thoughts immediately crossed my mind: the first was “not this again.” … Continue reading

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2018 Legislative Agenda

For those who did not get this in their email. It is a week old, but still quite relevant. See previous post to find your legislative forum this weekend. ***   Statehouse Update, January 22  *** We’re just starting Week 3 … Continue reading

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Putting Iowans First

Focus On Improving Lives for Everyday Iowans (From the Iowa Senate Democrats) DES MOINES – Democratic lawmakers outlined their new plan today called Putting Iowans First.  The plan was developed by lawmakers to keep the 2018 session focused on improving … Continue reading

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Destroying Government Is A Hell Of A Thing To Run On

That Is What Republicans Offer. The difference between Democrats and Republicans should now be as clear as the finest crystal. Democrats build societies and frameworks for citizens to work within those societies. Today’s Republicans destroy what has been built by … Continue reading

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Legislative Issues From Robb Hogg

Water Debate Heats Up – Speak Up For Real Action For Water Solutions One of the key issues facing the state that is expected to be addressed early in the session is water policy. In early January, I wrote an … Continue reading

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And Now The Bad News: Iowa Legislature Returns

Winter winds blow chillin’ cold. What blows even colder is the hearts of Iowa’s Republican Party. Next week they start part two of emptying out the state coffers – filled by taxes from you and I –  and handing it … Continue reading

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Question

“Question” by the Moody Blues” One of the pieces that seems to be missing in the stories I have been able to find concerning Iowa’s continuing starvation of our education system is how this fits in with the history of … Continue reading

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The Perils of Standardized Testing

by Ralph Scharnau There is less public discourse on standardized testing today than a few years ago. This comes, partially at least, from President Donald Trump’s penchant for using twitter. His nearly daily tweets often chaotically careen from one topic … Continue reading

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Branstad’s Legacy

Looks like Governor-For-Life Terry Branstad will soon be leaving us on that slow boat to China. Who cares how he gets there as long as he leaves. As he begins to leave we can look back briefly on what shape … Continue reading

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Repairing What Republicans Break May Be Impossible

“Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Til it’s gone They pave paradise and put up a parking lot” Joni Mitchell “Big Yellow Taxi” Who knows what people who voted Republican in the last … Continue reading

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