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Branstad’s new education chief says reform starts with teachers
<br> <span class="red"><b>Ohanian Comment:</b> Note what passes as reform. This hits me hard as I've long regarded Iowa as a place of good, solid common sense. People values. And now they bring in someone to head the Department of Education who has Bill Gates values. <br><br> That said, on his Twitte... [MORE]

— Tyler Kingkade
Iowa Independent

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      Teachers share concerns with teaching to standardized tests
      <br><span class="red">There may be room for some hope here. Rep. Loebsack's wife Terry taught second grade for the past 28 years and is a member of the Iowa State Education Association. <br> <br>But the time is coming when we must do more than say "Please."</span> <br> <br><b&g... [MORE]

      Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette

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        Des Moines Register Gets It: NCLB Guarantees Failure

        The No Child Left Behind Act, signed by President Bush in 2002, means pretty much what it says. Public schools are being held responsible for closing the achievement gap.

        Unfortunately, it comes with a bureaucratic heavy hand, a confusing tangle of rules, and it sets schools up for failure by establishing unattainable goals.... [MORE]

        — Register Editorial Board
        Des Moines Register
        Rules that Spell Failure Tangled federal edicts guarantee schools can't measure up
        Feb. 24, 2003

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        So Who Should Decide How Iowa Tests Its Kids--Iowa or the Feds?

        Iowa education officials will learn this spring whether the federal government will require statewide tests to determine if third- through eighth-grade public school students are making progress in reading and math.

        Iowa politicians and educators believe local officials are best suited to assess academic progress. Still, they ackn... [MORE]

        — Kathy A. Bolten
        staff writer
        Des Moines Register
        School-test plan faces review
        March 3, 2003

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        Being Squashed by NCLB
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        Regents Approve Program for Learning-Disabled Students

        Kay's Comment: While I accept this as good news for college-age students with multiple disabilities in Iowa, I am left with this question: How much time is being given to teaching independent living skills to these students, or any students for that matter, in high school? Are they being prepared to transit... [MORE]

        — Brian Morelli
        Iowa City Press-Citizen

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