House Republicans Back Track on Student Achievement Efforts; Ignore Iowa School Officials
Des Moines, Iowa –
Despite strong support from Iowa education officials, House Republicans are working on two bills today that would end Iowa’s effort to boost student achievement in schools.
“House Republicans have stopped listening to Iowans and our own school leaders,” said Rep. Cindy Winckler of Davenport, Ranking Member of the House Education Budget Subcommittee. “Iowa superintendents overwhelming believe we should keep the Iowa Core. Instead of hearing from Iowans, Republicans had to call in people from out of state to make their case to end the Iowa Core.”
In a survey released earlier this month, 95% of Iowa superintendents said they wanted to keep Iowa’s core curriculum. The core curriculum was launched five years ago to boost student achievement and make sure every child graduates with the skills necessary to get a good job.
Led by Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Black Hawk County, House Republicans are holding meetings on two bills today to end the Iowa Core, House File 2140 and House File 2141.
Guests invited by Rep. Salmon include no Iowa school officials, but three people from out of state, including Washington D.C. and Chicago.
The next meeting is at noon today.