Iowa Senate

Dems: Iowa Statewide Park & Ride System website

August 26, 2015

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is implementing a Statewide Park & Ride System Plan. As a part of this process, the DOT is launching its first statewide Park & Ride System website and an accompanying interactive map that identifies state-owned and operated park-and-ride locations, which can be used as places to park your car…

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Dems: BOW Workshop registration open

August 25, 2015

This year’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop is Sept. 18-20 at the Springbrook Conservation Education Center in Guthrie County. It’s an opportunity for women to try outdoor activities through workshops on fishing, birdwatching, archery, shooting, basic motor boat skills, kayaking, survival skills, stand up paddling, Dutch oven cooking, camping and more. The $150 registration fee…

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Dems: Senator Courtney urges Secretary of State Pate to reject new voter suppression efforts

August 24, 2015
Dems: Senator Courtney urges Secretary of State Pate to reject new voter suppression efforts

A key state senator today called on Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate to formally pledge not to use federal funds for any future voter purge effort in Iowa... "All Iowans agree that only eligible citizens should be allowed to vote. The issue is whether Paul Pate, Iowa’s new Secretary of State, will promise never…

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Dems: Tree management grant available to Iowa communities

August 24, 2015

Iowa communities with a population of 5,000 or more can learn about tree care, identification and inventory through a grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The two-year grant program currently provides training and assistance to a handful of Iowa communities and is accepting applications for additional communities in 2016. Grant communities receive training…

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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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