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Support Public Education — Vote Democratic

It is no surprise that the Republican Party of Iowa supports political indoctrination of school children. What is surprising is how far they go to assert their point of view. They want a free market education where public schools teach … Continue reading

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Cedar Valley Voices: Wrapping Up

Today’s guest post is by Larry Hodgden of Tipton. Larry is a retired Viet Nam era veteran of the USAF. He and his  wife of 40 years, Sharon, have three children and seven grandchildren who keep him very busy. Family, … Continue reading

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Getting our money’s worth?

Today’s guest post is by Larry Hodgden of Tipton. Larry is a retired Viet Nam era veteran of the USAF. He and his  wife of 40 years, Sharon, have three children and seven grandchildren who keep him very busy. Family, … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee, Governor Branstad and Masking Tapegate

On Monday, Governor Branstad will meet with the former Chancellor of DC public schools, Michelle Rhee. As a former teacher, Rhee once put masking tape over her students’ mouths to keep them quiet on the way to lunch. This is … Continue reading

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Courtney Report March 1, 2012

Upcoming public forums 3/3/2012 9 a.m. Muscatine Legislative Forum 3/3/2012 11:15 a.m. Wapello Legislative Forum 3/17/2012 7:15 a.m. Burlington Eggs & Issues At Greater Burlington Partnership 610 N. 4th Street, Suite 200 3/17/2012 9:15 a.m. West Burlington Legislative Forum At … Continue reading

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Public Hearing On Education Reform Bill HF 2380

The Iowa House has scheduled a public hearing on the Education Reform Bill HF 2380. We want to hear comments from parents, teachers and students about the proposed bill.  After the Governor released a blueprint for education last fall, legislators … Continue reading

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The Other Iowa Caucus Tuesday, January 3rd

Here’s a chance to discuss actual issues. “Hawkeye Vision 2012: Caucusing for Working Families“ Presented by the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund. Please join us for a political roundtable featuring key Democratic leaders who will offer the progressive viewpoint … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

A major education debate is expected to take place during next session. I’m preparing by hosting town hall meetings and talking with students, parents and teachers. I’ve heard lots of ideas on how to keep Iowa schools and students competitive. … Continue reading

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Tom Courtney Holding Public Meetings This Week On Education Reform

Everyone welcome at education reform discussions How can we help our students do even better? Which of Gov. Branstad’s education reform ideas will help our local schools—and which might hurt? I want to know what you think. I’m organizing public … Continue reading

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Ground-Zero Mosque And Other Things

Weekly Observations for the first week of October 2011. An Islamic Cultural Center aka “the Ground Zero Mosque” opened last week amid almost no noise. Named “Park51” the opening featured a photo exhibit of 160 photos of immigrant children in … Continue reading

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