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Racist slurs, threats and disparities: Why Iowa City high school students walked out of class Friday

Over 100 Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) students participated in a protest on Friday afternoon, walking out of school as the final period began and meeting on the Pentacrest to discuss racism within the district and what they consider […]

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Iowa Senate Republicans advance bills to divert tax dollars from public to private schools, require 100% in-person instruction

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are moving quickly to approve bills that would allow tax dollars that support public schools to be diverted to private schools, and further limit the control local school boards have over the schools in their […]

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High school seniors long for a ‘feeling of closure’ while awaiting graduation ceremony decision

High schoolers in the Iowa City Community School District spend four years in a variety of different clubs and classes, but in May of their senior year, they all expect to walk across the stage and receive their diploma at […]

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Iowa City schools’ meals-to-go program makes a change, after construction worker at West High tests positive for COVID-19

The Iowa City Community School District is temporarily moving one of its grab-and-go meal sites, after a worker at a construction project in one of its schools tested positive for COVID-19. It is ICCSD’s first confirmed case of the virus. […]

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In their first season, the West High girls wrestling team has built a culture of tenacity and fun

The Iowa City West High School wrestling room is adorned with state championships flags and photos of young men standing on winners podiums, with medals around their necks. Though the decor celebrates the accomplishments of male athletes throughout West’s 57 years, the school’s first ever girls wrestling team is making Trojan history on the mat. […]

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‘I want to know that I’m healthy’: Two local students on starting — and quitting — vaping

Although e-cigarettes were allegedly created to help adults give up their smoking habits, they quickly became a starter pack for young people to consume nicotine. With flavors such as watermelon, mango and mint, e-cigarette suppliers have been accused of enticing young people with their product. […]

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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: A first-time voter encounters buddy-buddy candidates and rude reporters at the Iowa State Fair

The annual two-week phenomenon that is the Iowa State Fair is well-known for its amply supply of pigs, people, meals on sticks and, once every four years, its parade of presidential candidates. Livestock gets judged in the various barns at the fairgrounds, and candidates get judged at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox […]

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Local high school students are energized to vote, and principals and teachers hope to stoke it

The 2018 midterm election, widely regarded as one of the most important elections in recent history, is underway. Candidates nationwide have focused less on swaying voters and more on mobilizing them, particularly those who have never voted before. And one […]

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Iowa City’s high school girls basketball dynasty

The Iowa City West High School girls basketball team’s victory over City High’s previously undefeated team in the finals of the Class 5A state championship on March 2 wasn’t just a great game, it was a history-making one. For profiles of City High Coach Bill McTaggart and West Coach BJ Mayer, Little Village turned to the experts — high school journalists.
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An open letter to Iowa representatives on gun control

My name is Ellie Brown and I go to West High school in Iowa City, Iowa. I love school and I love learning, but everyday I wake up terrified to go to school. I tell myself that nothing could happen in a little old town in the middle of Iowa, but I have to face the terrifying fact that my school could be the next school that we hear about on the news, being sent thoughts and prayers. […]

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The Me Too domino effect in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and beyond

“This fight is for all of us. It is not a fight for just survivors,” said Katryn Duarte, assistant director for sexual assault services at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). “If we really want to eliminate sexual violence, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on what that means and how to stop it.” […]

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