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Dems: Great teachers are key to student achievement

August 23, 2015

Iowa is among the first states to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the status of the teaching profession. Research shows a correlation between a school’s ability to keep good teachers and student achievement. Iowa’s 2013 Education Reform initiative rewards effective teachers with more responsibility and…

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Dems: Great teachers are key to student achievement

August 23, 2015

Iowa is among the first states to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the status of the teaching profession. Research shows a correlation between a school’s ability to keep good teachers and student achievement. Iowa’s 2013 Education Reform initiative rewards effective teachers with more responsibility and…

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Dems: Why is affordable college tuition so important?

August 22, 2015

Keeping college affordable allows more Iowans to get the education and skills they need to find good jobs. It creates a positive cycle that helps our state attract the types of businesses and jobs to strengthen our middle class and grow our economy. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently said that college grads earn…

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Dems: Iowa students deserve better

August 21, 2015

As a new school year gets under way, I know teachers, staff, administrators and school boards will provide great educational opportunities for our students. However, they’ll face a challenge because funding is much less than they expected. Iowa education funding has fallen behind the increasing investments made by other states. We’re now in the bottom…

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Dems: One-time opportunity for rural communities

August 20, 2015

Through August 21, Iowa communities with populations of 5,000 or less can apply for funding to perform asbestos inspections on neglected buildings in a special round of funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Derelict Building Grant Program. This round of funding may be used by eligible communities to investigate the amount of asbestos…

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Dems: One-time opportunity for rural communities

August 20, 2015

Through August 21, Iowa communities with populations of 5,000 or less can apply for funding to perform asbestos inspections on neglected buildings in a special round of funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Derelict Building Grant Program. This round of funding may be used by eligible communities to investigate the amount of asbestos…

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Dems: New tool assesses wellbeing

August 2, 2015

Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative now offers a free assessment tool that allows Iowa businesses, schools and communities to measure and study their overall well-being. The tool assesses physical activity and nutrition, but also tobacco and substance abuse, dental health, community engagement and emotional health. Upon completion of the assessment, the school, workplace or community will…

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Dems: New tool assesses wellbeing

August 2, 2015

Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative now offers a free assessment tool that allows Iowa businesses, schools and communities to measure and study their overall well-being. The tool assesses physical activity and nutrition, but also tobacco and substance abuse, dental health, community engagement and emotional health. Upon completion of the assessment, the school, workplace or community will…

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Dems: App provides substance use information, resources

August 1, 2015

The Iowa Department of Public Health has released a new mobile app to provide substance use information. The Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment app allows you to quickly self-screen for risky or hazardous alcohol or drug use, provides health information, connects you with resources and makes referrals for treatment. Studies show that people…

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Dems: School-based oral health services available

July 31, 2015

Oral health is important for a child’s overall health and school readiness. Tooth decay affects a child’s ability to learn, speak, eat and sleep, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Dental sealants are a simple, cost-effective and painless way to prevent decay. The I-Smile™@School program provides free dental sealants, oral screenings and fluoride…

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