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8:50 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Private and Community Colleges Prepare as Competition Heats Up

Eighty-seven percent of the students at the Cornell College campus in Mount Vernon, Iowa are from other states or nations.
Cornell College Photo

The new emphasis on funding Iowa’s three state universities according to the number of students who are state residents is dramatically increasing competition.  The 26 private and 15 community colleges in the state are preparing.

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Education
10:41 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Happy Mozart's Birthday! (Rachel Barton Pine edition)

Rachel Barton Pine, who performed recently in Ames as part of the period-instrument group Trio Settecento, has just released her first recording with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner - and last week, she talked with me about it. The set includes all of Mozart's concertos for violin and it's outstanding. In 0ur interview, she talks about why each concerto is a mini-opera, the value of writing your own cadenzas, the lessons a "modern-instrument" player can learn from playing period instruments (although she uses her modernized Guarneri  on this set), and more.

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Education
6:15 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Battle Lines Drawn over Money for Schools

Old School
alamosbasement/flickr

A yearly battle over how much of a raise to give K-12 schools is getting underway early at the statehouse this year.   

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Education
12:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Minority Students Dream to Teach

Sarai Tillinghast with Dream to Teach students San San Te and Josiah McGhee.
Credit Rob Dillard

Sarai Tillinghast is encouraging minority students to become teachers in Des Moines. She shares moments from her own meaningful career to convince them to join the ranks. Here's the story of the project known as Dream to Teach.

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Education
12:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

High Schoolers Learn Arabic in Des Moines

Abeer al-Haddad in front of the Arabic alphabet.
Credit Rob Dillard

It’s time for Arabic class at Central Academy on the west edge of downtown Des Moines. Today’s lesson: naming the seasons of the year.

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Education
12:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Hopeful Africa Aids Schools in Kenya

Hopeful Africa founder Moses Bomett at a Des Moines coffee shop near downtown.
Credit Rob Dillard

Two young Central Iowans have been helping to fund schools in Kenya since they were teenagers. Hopeful Africa started as an after-school club is now a serious nonprofit.

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Education
5:26 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Iowa First Graders Under Scrutiny

Inside My Classroom
Marie/flickr

Schools around the state are keeping a close eye on first graders’ reading skills.

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Education
3:57 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Two Million to Support DMACC and Ankeny Schools

Ankeny developer Dennis Albaugh with DMACC President Rob Denson, left, and Ankeny School Board member George Tracy.
Credit Rob Dillard

An Ankeny couple is making two major gifts to support projects in their hometown. The money from Dennis and Susan Albaugh will be split between Des Moines Area Community College and the Ankeny School District.

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Pilot Project
6:53 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Student Teachers Buckle Down

Joanne Johnson/flickr

A pilot program to beef up Iowa teacher preparation is underway.

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Pets
8:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Pets as Gifts: Wonderful Option or Bad Idea?

Cats for adoption at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center
Julie Englander Iowa Public Radio

Local animal shelters and rescues are filled with unwanted pets, and for a long time vets and shelters discouraged people from giving animals as gifts. 

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Education
3:17 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Low-income Kids' Education Gets $1.1 Million Boost

Drake University will receive more than $1.1 million to fund Early Head Start programming in Des Moines.
Bart & Co

Education for low-income children in Des Moines is receiving more than $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Harkin Proposes Federal Funding for Higher Ed

Beardshear Hall on the Iowa State University campus.
Credit michelec317

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says he wants states that increase funding to higher education to receive matching federal grants.

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Education
8:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Regents Freeze Tuition Again

Iowa Board of Regent President Bruce Rastetter.
Credit Amy Mayer

The Iowa Board of Regents is freezing tuition for in-state undergraduate students for the third year in a row.

Regents President Bruce Rastetter says it’s the first time in state history resident tuition has remained the same over this long a period.

Rastetter deflects concerns the freeze will mean much higher tuition in the future.

“The critical component to avoid that is the universities becoming more efficient, which they are, and then legislative state support,” he says.

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Education
4:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Drake After Business School Accredition Loss

College of Business and Public Administration at Drake University
Credit Amanda Horvath

In April, Drake University’s business school gave up its accreditation before it could be taken away. How are they doing this semester without accreditation?

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Education
3:41 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Surprise Support for Tuition Freeze

Campanile on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on an overcast fall day.
Mike Hiatt

Several members on Iowa’s Board of Regents spoke in favor of freezing tuition for the third year in a row during today’s meeting in Iowa City. 

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Talk of Iowa
4:36 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Slowly but Surely: Bridging the Gender Divide in Engineering

book cover

Early in the 20th century when women started to move into engineering careers, they were labeled as “invaders.”

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Education
2:51 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Consultants Offer Board of Regents More Cost-Saving Suggestions

Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says saving money is critical for keeping tuition from increasing.
Amy Mayer/IPR

The Iowa Board of Regents has several new proposals to consider in its effort to save money across the three state university campuses.

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Education
12:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

A Refugee Connects with Students in Marshalltown

Aiddy Phomvisay at Marshalltown High School
Credit Rob Dillard

The marching band’s drum-line sets the tone for the first day of classes at Marshalltown High School.

Sixteen-hundred students fill the football-field bleachers as the school’s principal – Aiddy Phomvisay  – grabs a mike.

“If I could have your attention for less than five minutes," he announced. "I know that’s amazing that Mr. Phomvisay is only going to take five minutes to address the student body.”

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Education
2:11 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

ISU's Annual Veishea Celebration Is No More

At a press conference in the Memorial Union, Iowa State president Steven Leath announced that Veishea is over for good.
Amy Mayer/IPR

Iowa State University will no longer have a campus-wide, student-run celebration each spring. ISU President Steven Leath spent months meeting with a task force considering the future of Veishea.

"I’m announcing today that Veishea is ended," he said at a press conference Thursday, "and the name Veishea is retired."

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Education
7:30 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Schools Adapt to Rapidly Diversifying State

Meredith Middle School students learn about the planets in Jillea Bueso's classroom.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR

At Meredith Middle School on Des Moines’ northwest side there are more than 30 ways students say hello. The number of languages can change week to week. This school year the Des Moines school district will receive more than 6 million dollars from federal and state funds for ELL services, and will also spend more than a million dollars of its own money. Next year the district plans to have more than 6,000 ELL students.

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Student Debit Card Probe
8:47 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Feds Probe Student Banking Offers

Photo by Kelli Cree

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington  is looking into a  banking  service  that’s growing in popularity on college campuses.    Universities  team up with large banks to offer debit cards to students.     

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Education
6:16 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Classroom Creatures

A Pacman frog is a favorite classroom visitor
IPR's Pat Blank

A Wartburg College professor hopes to bring biology classrooms back to life. Michael Bechtel says students should be studying living creatures not ones that are dead and floating in formaldehyde. He's been growing a collection of snakes, frogs, tortoises and others for about 19 years. He's sharing them in his college classroom and beyond.

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Education
6:58 am
Wed September 25, 2013

State Education Report Finds Some Iowa Schools Falling Short

Credit Iowa Department of Education

As the Iowa Department of Education releases its annual State Report Card, officials say they should be graded differently.

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Education
7:27 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Enrollment Up, Overall, for Iowa's State University System

Credit Iowa State University Facebook page

Iowa State University is reporting more students on campus this fall than ever before.  The University of Northern Iowa has more students than expected. And the University of Iowa reports its fall enrollment held steady.

Reporting to the State Board of Regents meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa State President Steven Leath said ISU’s enrollment of 33, 241 students is 7 percent more than last year’

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Education
5:30 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Big Ideas Group ties innovation, community in Cedar Rapids

Student McKenna Cole stands with poplar trees used in her experiment to treat wastewater.
Shawn Cornally Iowa BIG

A small group of teachers in Cedar Rapids is trying a new way to inspire students to learn, by getting them out of the classroom and working on projects with community mentors. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the Big Ideas Group is wrapping up a summer pilot program, and will become an option for students across the district this Fall.

To get an idea of how this works, take 12th grader McKenna Cole, who—at a weekly meeting, explains to her fellow students why she’s working with a wastewater treatment plant to test how poplar trees can filter water.

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Education
12:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Odd jobs, student loans, and the Class of 2013

Credit JR Erspamer / Flikr

Days before Commencement at the University of Iowa, the music school’s Brass Quintet practices an old favorite.

From graduation ceremony to graduation ceremony, the tune never changes. But what is changing, is how graduates are mapping their careers afterward. Tuba player and PhD candidate Blaine Cunningham explains.

“Being a musician, sometimes we need to be creative with our jobs. I play with an orchestra, I teach at a couple colleges, I’m a freelance musician so I play a lot of gigs in the community, I teach private lessons,” he says.

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Education
8:43 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Iowa Experiments with Online Education

Christine Larson and her son, Isaac, are part of an online education experiment in Iowa called the Virtual Academy

Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.

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Education
12:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Iowa's Experiment with On-Line Education

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Iowa is nearing the end of the first year of a three-year experiment with the Iowa Virtual Academy.

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Education
5:44 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Diversity in Iowa Schools: It's a Small World After All

Students in Miss Lana's ESL class.
Sandhya Dirks

We've been hearing about some of the challenges with diversity in the Iowa City School District. There are other districts in Iowa with diversity policies, some of them much smaller. Two and a half hours from Iowa City is the town of Postville.  

Postville made national news five years ago when the federal government raided the town's Hasidic owned meat packing plant and hundreds of undocumented workers were arrested.

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Education
6:54 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Diversity in Iowa Schools: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Parents crowd the room to discuss Iowa City's new diversity policy. There was a notable lack of minority faces in the room-- Henry Harper says he came in order to represent and report back to many in the African American community.
Credit Sandhya Dirks

Yesterday we heard how the public outcry over the Iowa City School District Diversity policy continues to fuel a bitter debate in Iowa City. Like much of Iowa, Iowa City is facing a changing population and with that has comes a widening achievement gap. In the second part of a series about diversity in Iowa schools, reporter Sandhya Dirks takes a closer look at balancing school integration with divided neighborhoods and a new influx of residents. 

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