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Congressman Steve King (R-Kiron) and former First Lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack for Iowa had their final debate in the Iowa 4th Congressional District race. Interestingly their first question was on No Child Left Behind. Vilsack, to her credit, brought up the issue of local control, but then lauded a federal role as "providing access to education." She would like to revise NCLB, I'd like to kill it. Would she have criticized this if it were a Democrat program? I wonder where she stands on Race to the Top. I like how Congressman King mentioned the different avenues of choice - including homeschooling, and he brought the discussion back to what Iowa had done. In a presser sent after the debate, Congressman King's campaign said this: "Washington bureaucrats have demonstrated they are incapable of managing education. Iowa children would be best served by state and local control. In Iowa, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have taken matters into their own hands by launching a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiative to prepare Iowa youth to adequately compete in a global marketplace. As the husband of a schoolteacher and grandfather to five young grandchildren, Rep. King knows the value of a quality education for Iowa’s youth. King believes parents should be able to decide where their children attend school and be able to weigh in on curriculum. The real solution on education will not come from Washington and it is counter-productive for Washington to mandate a “one-size-fits-all” approach to K-12 education. Allowing education policies to be made at the state and local level, where our youth’s needs are understood, will give our children the best opportunity to succeed."
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HF 2317, a bill that would make the Iowa Academic Standards voluntary for public schools and accredited non-public schools and HSB 651, a bill that would expand school choice in Iowa, died in the Iowa House Education Committee without a vote.

HF 2317, a bill that would make the Iowa Academic Standards voluntary for public schools and accredited non-public schools and HSB 651, a bill that would expand school choice in Iowa, died in the Iowa House Education Committee without a vote.
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U.S. schooling has been subject to frenzied reform efforts for at least a century. Yet only about 1 percent of U.S. grade schools use direct instruction, one of the best-proven methods.

U.S. schooling has been subject to frenzied reform efforts for at least a century. Yet only about 1 percent of U.S. grade schools use direct instruction.
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The Incredibles 2 trailer made a veiled reference to Common Core math as Mr. Incredible struggles to help his son, Dash, with his math homework.

The Incredibles 2 trailer made a veiled reference to Common Core math as Mr. Incredible struggles to help his son, Dash, with his math homework.
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President Donald Trump released his proposed FY19 budget this week and it proposes cutting $8.1 billion from the U.S. Department of Education’s discretionary spending compared to what the department received from the annualized FY18 continuing resolutions.

President Donald Trump released his proposed FY19 budget this week and it proposes cutting $8.1 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's discretionary spending compared to what the department received from the annualized FY18 continuing resolutions.
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HSB 651, the Iowa Student Opportunities Act, was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill would create an educations savings grant program and a new charter school program to expand school choice for Iowa's public school families.

HSB 651, the Iowa Student Opportunities Act, was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill would create an educations savings grant program and a new charter school program to expand school choice for Iowa's public school families.
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By its nature, personalized learning is never personal.

We're a culture of trend followers, forever chasing the next big thing -- whether clothes, cars, food, or fashion. The education sector is no different, racking up failed trend after failed trend in the name of saving education. Take personalized learning, for example, which has been tried again and
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Shane Vander Hart and J.R. Wilson: Spring assessments are right around the corner so parents who want to opt their kids out should start that process now. Here are five tips that will help you refuse the test.

Spring assessments are right around the corner so parents who want to opt their kids out should start that process now. Here are five tips that will help you refuse the test.
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The U.S. Department of Education promotes the idea of social-emotional learning for educators on their website through a guest article from the 2016 Washington State School Counselor of the Year.

The U.S. Department of Education promotes the idea of social-emotional learning for educators on their website through a guest article from the 2016 Washington State School Counselor of the Year.
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"People's views on education policy are quite malleable." That was the conclusion of a study that Stephen Sawchuk wrote about at Education Week where apparently they "discovered" the impact of push polling.

"People's views on education policy are quite malleable." That was the conclusion of a study that Stephen Sawchuk wrote about at Education Week where apparently they "discovered" the impact of push polling.
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A bill, HSB 578, making the University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Programs the vendor who develops and administers Iowa’s statewide student assessment passed the Iowa House Education Committee 21 to 1.

A bill, HSB 578, making the University of Iowa's Iowa Testing Programs the vendor who develops and administers Iowa's statewide student assessment passed the Iowa House Education Committee 21 to 1.
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Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky discuss in a new FreedomProject Media video how colleges of education have been a failure in passing on subject mastery for prospective teachers and instead focusing on politics and ideology in the classroom.

Dr. Duke Pesta and Dr. Sandra Stotsky discuss in a new FreedomProject Media video how colleges of education have been a failure in passing on subject mastery for prospective teachers and instead focusing on politics and ideology in the classroom.
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A bill, SSB 3030, allowing families that homeschool under competent private instruction or independent private instruction to utilize the Iowa Learning Online Initiative passed in the Iowa Senate Education Committee.

A bill, SSB 3030, allowing families that homeschool under competent private instruction or independent private instruction to utilize the Iowa Learning Online Initiative passed in the Iowa Senate Education Committee.
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A bill, SSB 3030, allowing families that homeschool under competent private instruction or independent private instruction to utilize the Iowa Learning Online Initiative passed in the Iowa Senate Education Committee.

A bill, SSB 3030, allowing families that homeschool under competent private instruction or independent private instruction to utilize the Iowa Learning Online Initiative passed in the Iowa Senate Education Committee.
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President Donald Trump did not explicitly address K-12 education in his first State of the Union address last night and had very little to say about education in general.

President Donald Trump did not explicitly address K-12 education in his first State of the Union address last night and had very little to say about education in general.
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Jane Robbins, senior fellow, with American Principles Project was one of four witnesses for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce‘s hearing on “Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Future of Education.”

Jane Robbins, senior fellow, with American Principles Project was one of four witnesses for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce‘s hearing on “Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Future of Education.”
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