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Winners of Iowa City’s 2019 Excellence in Education Awards will be honored in a ceremony Wednesday

After 21 years of presenting its Excellence in Education Awards, the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce is doing something new this year. In partnership with the Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), the chamber will be honoring winners in a ceremony at The Englert Theatre on Wednesday evening. […]

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New report shows big increase in arrests of students at Iowa schools, as well as racial disparities

Iowa saw one of the biggest increases in students arrested at school of any state between the 2013-14 and 2015-16 school years, according to a new report from the ACLU. While arrests of students at schools increased 3 percent nationwide during that period, Iowa saw an increase of 105 percent, going from 601 arrests in […]

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FasTrac’s annual tour of HBCUs and Civil Rights sites helps Iowa City students see the world differently

This year’s FasTrac tour of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and important sites associated with the Civil Rights movement will mark two important anniversaries. In addition to being the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., 2018 is also the 10th anniversary of the first FasTrac tour. […]

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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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Historic Iowa City women’s seminary paved the way toward equal access to education

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I live in a female seminary. It’s an apartment building now, mostly remodeled, but I can imagine the history trapped between the brick walls. I sleep in the same rooms where some of the first young girls in our nation were allowed to educated themselves. I make coffee in the same spot where I imagine […]

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Principal of Cedar Rapids’ Washington High School resigns, effective today

Dr. Ralph Plagman, the principal of Cedar Rapids Washington for the past 35 years, has resigned his position at the school. In an email circulated to families of Washington students, Plagman says that his retirement comes at the request of the Cedar Rapids Community School District after his handling of inappropriate conduct involving a substitute […]

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