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February 14, 2014 - Volume 34 Issue 11

Two proposed bills could limit Iowa's involvement in the Common Core standards — known as the Iowa Core — and the aligned assessments. House File 2140 would make the Iowa Core curriculum voluntary, and House File 2141 would remove Iowa from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Business leaders and Gov. Terry Branstad have spoken in favor of the Iowa Core. (Des Moines Register, February 11, 2014)


 “Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.” – Earl Wilson (1934-2005), professional baseball player. He played all or part of 11 seasons in Major League Baseball, including with the Boston Red Sox (1959-60, 1962-66), Detroit Tigers (1966-70) and San Diego Padres (1970), primarily as a starting pitcher.


“We’re codifying those recommendations in that either a principal or faculty senate making this consideration would be required then to document those criteria.” – Delegate Tiffany Lawrence on her amendment to a bill dealing with the hiring process for teachers

“I do think it has the potential of increasing the number of grievances that are filed. Whether or not that will happen, I don’t know, but I believe there is the potential for that.” –Heather Hutchins, general counsel for the Department of Education, on requiring more documentation in the hiring process

“It’s been terribly exciting for principals and teachers to have the opportunity to interview people and make decisions about what is best for our schools. We never experienced that before.” – Mike Kelly, principal of Herbert Hoover High School on the hiring process created by last year’s reform bill

“We’re not talking about changing the world of education. We’re talking about putting it on a piece of paper to say this is why you got hired or this is why you did not get hired.” – Delegate Adam Young

“I am left with the conclusion that this amendment that’s here before us – it seems to be a solution in search of a problem. I’ve heard nothing from anyone that we’ve questioned here today that has suggested that this legislation that we enacted last year is fatally flawed and is in need of the amendment that we have here before us.” – Delegate Paul Espinosa

“If you don’t have a healthy child coming into the education system, they will suffer and not be able to learn.” – Senate Education Chairman Bob Plymale on adding child care information to the state longitudinal data system

“We will protect children’s data so it does not get out into hands that it doesn’t need to. From an educational standpoint, you do need data to be able to make the decisions as you move forward in the education of that child. It’s also sometimes in the health of that child. If we have kids that aren’t healthy, they’re not going to learn.” – Sen. Bob Plymale

“We are 100 percent in line with other states. If we did not have an electronic system for gathering and maintaining data about students, we would be unable to put together aggregate reports that are required for our federal reporting. It would probably put into jeopardy our federal funding. We would be unable to make data-driven decisions.” – Heather Hutchins

“I have a few children in school myself, and until I started researching this information, I had no idea that this data was being collected and shared and sold. I think it’s important that we know what’s happening with our kids. I also think this will get parents more involved in what’s going on with their kinds, because they will be forced to know what’s going on.” –Delegate Jim Butler

“The purpose for this is to be sure that every child that goes to school in the state of West Virginia has an opportunity to succeed in every class that they’re in. And if they need a modification with music and if they need a modification with art and if they need a modification with physical education that they get those as well as the modification they get in the regular classroom.” – Delegate Denise Campbell on a bill requiring all teachers involved with a student who has special needs to sign off on the student’s individual education plan

“Across-the-board [increase] reaches the new teacher faster, and if you do a percentage, it only widens the gap. What I really felt like we should be focusing on is trying to get our starting salary for teachers up.” – Sen. Bob Plymale on the Senate Education Committee’s decision to give teachers $1,000 across-the-board salary increases instead of the 2 percent proposed by the governor





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