Sunday, March 18, 2012

Let's Protect the Arts, Health and more...

Dear ISEA Fine Arts Caucus Members,

As many of you already know, Representative Winckler (D-86) introduced an amendment to the Education Reform Act that was supported by Representative Chambers (R-5) that removed the expansion of the Iowa Core to include the performing/fine arts. Dr. Glass was not consulted before the change and believed the concern of the legislators was that if we added fine arts (and other components) to the Core, everything would be required for every student.

LCEA Hotline March 16, 2012

House Passes Education Reform Bill
The Iowa House passed an amended version of HF 2380 this week on a 53-46 vote--seven Republicans joined the House Democrats in opposition to the bill. When the bill passed out of committee several weeks ago it was substantially different from the Governor’s proposal. The bill that passed out of the House was amended to be more like the Governor’s bill, including mandatory retention of third graders, support for 100 percent online learning limited to 1 percent of a school district’s enrollment, and expansion of Charter Schools.

ISEA opposes the bill and will be working with the Senate on their version which takes a more student-centered approach. This bill includes literacy supports for students in early grades and time for teachers to collaborate. It restricts online learning to 50 percent of a student’s academic work, unless medically necessary.

Make contact with your Senator

It is critical that you make contact with your Senator this weekend or early next week. You can attend a forum over the weekend, send an email, or call her/him (the main switchboard number is 515-281-3371). Tell your Senator to support education reform that invests in classroom priorities that build on the foundation for student learning and help ensure every student has a qualified, caring teacher in the classroom.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

LCEA Hotline March 9, 2012

Education reform set to move in the house next week - take action now!

The ISEA has learned that the House intends to debate HF 2380 next week. The most important thing you can do is attend a Legislative Forum in your area and make sure your Legislators know how you feel about education reform issues such as 100 percent online learning, third-grade retention, and value-added assessments. Check out educators' recent testimony on these issues for more information.