What They Are Saying: Historic Investments into Education Paying Dividends for Iowa’s Future

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For Immediate Release:
December 8, 2017
Contact: Pat Garrett
(515) 446-9159

Under Governor Kim Reynolds’ leadership, Iowa has seen historic investments into education, innovative programs, and these efforts are paying dividends for Iowa’s future. Heading into the next legislative session, the Governor and her team will remain focused on ensuring our children receive a world-class education to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

From the Cedar Rapids Gazette: “…Iowa is bucking the trend of declining public investment in elementary and secondary schools. … Total state funding per student, adjusted for inflation, increased 20.6 percent from 2008 to 2015.”

From Radio Iowa: “Iowa once again leads the nation in the percentage of high school students who graduate. Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise says 91.3% of students in the class of 2016 completed high school within four years in Iowa and a new national report says that the best in the country.”

From KBUR Radio: “Iowa took four of the top 15 best places to be a teacher, according to a new study that also dubbed the state ‘land of the learned.’ Cedar Rapids ranked No. 2, Omaha-Council Bluffs ranked No. 4, Des Moines-West Des Moines ranked No. 6, and Davenport-Moline-Rock Island ranked No. 14.”

From Storm Lake Pilot Tribune: “The TLC program taps into the experience of districts’ top and veteran teachers to provide collaboration and training for younger or struggling teachers, who might otherwise feel isolated in their classrooms. It has found a fervent fan in the state’s new governor, Kim Reynolds, who recently released a new report on TLC progress, saying it is “transforming the teaching profession statewide.” Turner thinks that the governor’s strong statement on behalf of TLC may be an attempt to send a message to lawmakers. “I’m hoping they hear it,” he said.”

Governor Reynolds recently laid out her priorities for Future Ready Iowa, which is focused on bringing together educators, industry leaders, and economic development to help middle-class Iowans get the skills they need to work in the jobs of today and tomorrow. Implementing these recommendations is a top priority in the coming legislative session.