Community forum will focus on the impact of proposed Cedar Rapids school closures on neighborhoods

A forum on the Cedar Rapids Community School District’s (CRCSD) plan to close eight elementary schools, and the potential impact of those closing on the city and its neighborhoods, will be held in the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Whipple Auditorium on Tuesday. “We’re concerned that there are so many people who don’t really know about the plan,” Cindy Hadish of Save CR Heritage told Little Village. “That’s why we’re having this public forum — to raise awareness, and hopefully to get the school board to pay attention.” […]

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Iowa has the nation’s highest overall graduation rate again, but some students are still left behind

Iowa had the highest high school graduation rate in the country in 2016, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Last year’s graduation rate was 91.3 percent, much higher than the national average of 84.1 percent. The statistics track the on-time graduation rates of students who have attended high schools for four years. […]

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Literary lamentations: State budget cuts lead to loss of librarians in Cedar Rapids

Photo by Naomi Hofferber

Photos by Naomi Hofferber The board room at the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD)’s Educational Leadership and Support Center overflowed into the lobby at the Apr. 25 Board of Education meeting. Students, parents and educators from around the state came to voice their concerns over the elimination of the teacher-librarian positions at Jefferson and […]

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