Dems: Test your home for radon

January is Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that may cause lung cancer with long-term exposure. More than 50 percent of homes in Iowa have an elevated radon level, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s the largest percentage in the country, but it can be fixed with simple and…

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Dems: Student achievement not keeping up with other states

The Legislature and Governor must make sure that every child gets the best education possible so that all Iowans can compete for the jobs of the future. This session, that means increasing the state’s commitment to public schools, students and teachers. The good news is that in spite of shortfalls in school funding, Iowa teachers…

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Dems: Investing in schools keeps Iowans competitive

Strong Iowa schools are crucial to a world-class education that prepares students for good jobs and strengthens our middle class. Business leaders say Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to grow and operate competitively. That means our state’s continued success depends on support for Iowa students and schools at all levels. Other states…

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Dems: House Republicans Limit Access to Education Public Hearing

Dems: House Republicans Limit Access to Education Public Hearing

A public hearing scheduled Monday at the State Capitol to gather input from Iowans on Republican school funding plans has been scheduled in a committee room that isn’t big enough to hold legislators and the public. “The public hearing is for legislators to listen to parents, teachers, school officials, and Iowans about the impact of…

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GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 23

GOP: Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 23

Week two of the legislative session is under our belts and our committees have quickly gotten down to business. One of the issues we committed to addressing immediately when this legislative session began, was the amount of funding that will be provided to our K-12 schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This week, the House…

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Dems: Investing in students: Iowa has fallen far enough

We often hear that education is Iowa’s number one priority… Yet Iowa’s business leaders repeatedly say that our shortage of skilled workers hurts their ability to attract new businesses.  Iowans want a high wage, high skill economy. However, our current lack of investment in education is setting the stage for a low-wage, low-skill economy for…

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GOP: The Paulsen Perspective: Iowa’s Greatest Investment

GOP: The Paulsen Perspective:  Iowa’s Greatest Investment

As a parent I have firsthand knowledge that we all want the best for our kids. The same can be said for legislators in Des Moines — as we work on school funding, we are constantly keeping the best interest of Iowa’s students in mind. Part of the balance of setting Supplemental State Aid (the…

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