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Iowa City Community School District announces changes to its grab-and-go meal program

As the Iowa City Community School District begins its second week of distributing grab-and-go meals during the school shutdown, there’s been a major change to the program. The program distributes prepacked lunches and breakfast for the following day to anyone 18 or younger — they do not have to be enrolled in one of the district’s schools to receive the meals. When it was launched last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture rules required the child to be present to receive a meal. But in an email sent to parents on Sunday night, the district said that has changed. […]

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From classes to concerts, Iowans are hunkering down in the face of COVID-19, as the president shares misinformation (Updated)

Update: On Thursday evening, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported that two more Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19. Both newly diagnosed patients are between 61-80 years old. One lives in Johnson County, the other in Carroll County. Both are being treated at their homes. The two new cases bring the total of diagnosed […]

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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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An Election Day guide for Iowa City voters

Voting in the combined city and school election starts at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and the polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Voters in Iowa City will choose two city council members, and four out of seven members of the Iowa City Community School District Board. Voters must cast their ballots at their designated polling place on Tuesday. The Johnson County Auditor’s Office has an online look-up tool for anyone uncertain of where to vote. […]

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Iowa Supreme Court strikes down Iowa City ballot measure on demolition of old Hoover Elementary building

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a ruling on Friday morning invalidating a ballot measure Iowa Citians are already voting on. Public measure LY, which the court struck down, asked voters to decide if the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) should be permitted to “demolish the building known as Hoover Elementary School, located at […]

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