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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 7) February 24, 2006 Senate GOP Offers Education Proposals

Salary increases for Iowa teachers would be tied at least partly to academic gains by their students under a package of school improvement proposals this week by Senate Republicans. Senate GOP leaders said they are willing to back Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack's recommendation to increase state spending on teacher salaries...
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INVENT, IOWA! Invention Convention planned for Saturday, February 25, 2006

Approximately 175 student inventors from kindergarten through eighth grade will share their inventions at the regional “INVENT, IOWA! Invention Convention” on Saturday, February 25, 2006. The event, which is sponsored by the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, will be held at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. K-4 students will...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 6) February 17, 2006 Allowable Growth, IPERS, Sharing Incentives

Allowable Growth The allowable growth bill remains stalled on the Senate Calendar. Senate Democrats have filed and sponsored an amendment to raise the 4 percent allowable growth to 6 percent. If the bill is taken up and if the 6 percent amendment is passed, Senate Republican Leader Stewart Iverson has...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 5) February 10, 2006 Growth Factor Out of Senate Committee, Deadline Missed

The Senate Education Committee passed HF 2095, the allowable growth bill, this week. This should not yet be construed as an acceptance of the 4% figure as passed by the House. In a maneuver only occasionally utilized, the committee passed the bill out with no recommendation. It is expected at...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 3) January 27th, 2006 House Passes 4% Growth, Hearing on Standards Scheduled

The House passed a 4% allowable growth on Wednesday. An amendment by Rep. Roger Wendt – D, to increase the figure to 6% was defeated on a party line vote 51-48. The bill sets allowable growth for the 2007-2008 school year. The 4.0% is estimated to increase state aid $103...
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Legislative Report (Vol. XXV No. 2) January 20th, 2006 House Education Committee Passes 4% Growth

The House Education Committee gave unanimous approval to House File 2095, which sets allowable growth for K-12 school districts at 4% for the 2007-2008 school year. This growth rate is consistent with the recommendation of Governor Vilsack’s in his budget submittal. Committee Democrats offered an amendment to go to 6%...
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Cochlear Implants For Children

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (AEA) provides support to children with cochlear implants. Cochlear implants are electronic devices that provide improved hearing and communication to children with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. The device consists of a surgically implanted internal component and an externally worn headset/speech processor. Children...
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