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Cedar Rapids school board approves spending $26 million to replace Jackson Elementary, as part of its Facilities Master Plan

The Cedar Rapids school board approved nearly $26 million in bonds for the construction of a new elementary school that will replace Jackson Elementary, as part of the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) Facilities Master Plan. Jackson is one of three elementary schools part of the plan’s first phase, along with Coolidge and Truman. […]

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How do kids learn to read? UI researchers hope their eye tracking study will provide insight

The education system evaluates teachers, facilities, budgets, curricula and students’ progress. But Bob McMurray believes there needs to be more to the discussion. “Does anybody talk about how children actually learn? Or about how children actually read?” McMurray, a University of Iowa professor of psychological and brain sciences, asked. “We don’t […]

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Cedar Rapids election: Overland, Poe and Loeffler win seats on city council, while Merschbrock defeats school board incumbent

Both incumbents running for reelection to the Cedar Rapids City Council won in the combined city-school election on Tuesday, and union leader and small-business owner Patrick Loeffler won an open at-large seat on the council. But it was a different story for the school board. A challenger beat the only incumbent running for reelection by 13 percentage points. […]

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Cedar Rapids school board election: Q&A with Rafael Jacobo

Rafael Jacobo, a business analyst at Verizon, is running for a second term representing District 4 of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. He has lived in Cedar Rapids with his family for more than 15 years. Jacobo has a number of personal connections to the school district. He has two kids currently attending its schools, and his oldest son recently graduated from Washington High. […]

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First phase of Cedar Rapids’ school closure plan moves forward with planning of new Coolidge Elementary

As its Facilities Master Plan moves forward, the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) is trying to get “as much input as possible,” interim superintendent Noreen Bush told Little Village. Critics of the plan have repeatedly charged the district with a lack of transparency during the three years since the planning process began. […]

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