Posts Tagged ‘ Education ’

GOP: 2017 First Funnel Survivors

March 3, 2017
GOP: 2017 First Funnel Survivors

Attached is a list and short description of bills that survived the first funnel.  The list DOES NOT include bills which failed to achieve committee approval. 2017 First Funnel Survivors

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Dems: Sign the Petition: Stop Shortchanging Our Public Schools

February 2, 2017

Republican lawmakers at the State Capitol are fast tracking their bill to shortchange public schools. They just don’t want to listen to Iowans. They’ve proposed just a 1.1% increase next year. That’s even less than the 2% recommended by the Governor. If approved, their plan for public schools (House File 136) will be the 7th…

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Dems: Senator Taylor: ‘It’s time to really make Iowa schools the Legislature’s #1 priority

January 26, 2017

If the Legislature approves anything less than 4 percent and 4 percent, more rural schools will be forced to close and consolidate. That would be devastating for the small towns in my district, and for hundreds of school districts in small towns across Iowa.”

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Dems: Democratic Leader: Contact Republican Senators about budget cuts

January 23, 2017

Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg is urging Iowans to contact Republican Senators this week about their proposals for major mid-year budget cuts and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Their mid-year budget cuts would take away [...]

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Dems: Sharp cuts by legislative Republicans threaten public safety, education and human services 

January 23, 2017

Bolkcom: “The Republican proposal unveiled today sends the wrong message about the future of our state. The budget slashing by Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and Republican legislators leaves the fastest growing part of the state budget off the table: excessive tax credits. It is time to drain the swamp.”

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Dems: Superintendent Survey: Continued Underfunding Will Result in Higher Class Sizes, Teacher Layoffs in Iowa Schools

January 19, 2017

A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of them will be forced to raise class size, cut teachers, and reduce opportunities for students if lawmakers approve a 2% or lower increase in basic school funding.

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Dems: Iowa Legislative Leaders, Governor Branstad Pre-Session Interviews with Iowa Reporters (Video)

January 5, 2017

On January 13, 2017, the Associated Press organized a pre-session news conference with with the leaders of the Iowa Legislature and Governor Branstad. The meetings were livestreamed on the Iowa Senate Democrats' Facebook Page.

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Dems: Expanding skilled workforce is key to growth

October 16, 2016

Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers has been our biggest obstacle to economic growth. Investing in education and job training can change that. Good education and worker training lead to better-paying, high-quality jobs, and a skilled, [...]

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Dems: Iowa ACT Scores #1 in the Nation

September 8, 2016

Iowa’s 2016 high school students had a 22.1 average ACT score, the highest composite score in the country. The national average was 20.8. Iowa had the highest in three of the four benchmark categories for college readiness, and with a 73% for college readiness in English, was one of only three states to score in…

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Dems: Danielson organizes listening post State of Iowa’s vision and support for UNI

September 8, 2016
Dems: Danielson organizes listening post State of Iowa’s vision and support for UNI

State Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls is organizing a public listening post at the University of Northern Iowa from 11:30 AM to 1 PM on Thursday, September 15, in the University Room of Maucker Union. Senator Danielson, the chair of the Senate State Government Committee, has invited Senator Brian Schoenjahn of Arlington, Senate chair…

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