Iowa City school board election: Q&A with Michael Tilley

Michael Tilley, a first-time candidate for the Iowa City school board, is a science writer and editor for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Tilley and his wife Rebekah moved to Iowa City in 2012, and all four of their children are currently enrolled in Iowa City schools, one at Southeast Junior High and the other three at Lucas Elementary. […]

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Cedar Rapids school board election: Q&A with Joseph Miller

Joseph Miller, an attorney at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, has six children. Five are currently in the CRSCD and one will be a future student. Because of his children, Miller said he is “very close to the teachers and staff and heavily invested in the schools.” Miller and his family have lived in Cedar Rapids for almost five years. […]

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Iowa City school board election: Q&A with Shawn Eyestone

Shawn Eyestone was elected to the school board in September 2017, to complete the two years left on the term of LaTasha DeLoach, who had resigned two months earlier. Eyestone is an analytical lab manager at Integrated DNA Technologies in Coralville. “I have two sons who are currently attending Liberty High,” he said. “That makes all three


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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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Plan to replace neighborhood schools will play a large part in this year’s Cedar Rapids school board election

Voters in the November election will decide between five candidates for two open at-large seats on the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) Board. The seat in District 4 will also be on the ballot. Three of the people running for the at-large seats, and the candidate challenging the incumbent in District 4, cited the school district’s […]

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Letter to the editor: Encourage local voting at Community Rocks! Rally

If you follow voting numbers, you’ll see that people come out in the largest numbers for presidential elections.

The next largest group of voters come out every couple years for state elections, and the smallest group of voters come out for local elections.

If you follow progress of any community, you’ll find that the higher the percentage of eligible voters traveling to the polls to assert their opinion, the more reflective the elected leaders are of the community they serve. […]

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Civic engagement and plenty of music at Community Rocks! Rally for the School Board Vote

Fun is not a word usually associated with discussions of education policy or increasing voter turnout, but Rachel Korach Howell and Kelly Garrett wanted to change that. Community Rocks! Rally for the School Board Vote is the result. […]

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More than a dozen candidates vy for open spots on the ICCSD School Board

Ed. Note: We have received a couple of comments about this article, specifically the inclusion of personal comments about candidate Brianna Wills made by former ICCSD School Board Vice President Tuyet Baruah. We appreciate the feedback, but stand by the article as written. Baruah’s status as a public figure who served six years on the […]

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School board candidates gather tonight at the ICPL for forum on special education

Iowa City's Ped Mall

Tonight at 6 p.m., school board candidates for the Iowa City Community School District will gather at the Iowa City Public Library’s Meeting Room A to express their views on preselected subjects concerning special education in local schools. One of the primary organizers of the forum, Dina Bishara, said that each candidate was given three […]

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