The physical therapy lab at North Iowa Area Community College expanded and got a makeover last summer to give students new learning opportunities, but the students' spirit of helping others remains the same.
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Mason City’s Catholic school system is ready and willing to take on more students after Gov. Kim Reynolds’ signed her “school choice” bill into law Tuesday. But public school officials are worried about what the bill means for funding in the future.
DES MOINES — A legislative proposal to prohibit Iowa’s public universities from offering tenure to faculty once again will be shelved.
Dan Greenwell, school board president, speaks about the possible implications of the School Choice Bill which was passed yesterday by lawmakers in the Iowa House of Representatives.
A proposal for state-funded savings accounts for Iowa parents to pay for private school would cost the state roughly $345 million annually once fully implemented, according to a nonpartisan fiscal analysis released Monday just hours before lawmakers began voting on the proposal.
The Mason City Community School District is expanding its 4-year-old preschool program to include an all-day option that meets five days a week.
The Mason City High School Instrumental Music Department will host its 13th annual Showcase Concert from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14 in the Mason City High School Cafeteria.
House Speaker Pat Grassley said he's optimistic the chamber will have the votes to pass a system of taxpayer-funded private school tuition assistance.
To celebrate the ten-year papacy of Pope Francis, St. Ambrose University will host its first-ever papal conference starting Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18. The 3-day event is titled "Francis at 10: A Papacy of Possibilities" and will feature a series of globally-renowned keynote speakers, breakout sessions and liturgy. Early bird registration costs $75 and is open now through Jan. 31 for those interested in attending.
Educators are asking for an increase of 5% in funding for schools, saying it’s crucial to retain and recruit staff, reduce class sizes and make up for decades of underfunding.
“We're not opposed to providing more funding … but we feel we have to get a return from the standpoint of helping fill these high-demand fields," Speaker Pat Grassley said.
Rock Island High School will host its "Course and Activity Showcase" from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5. The annual event gives students and families an opportunity to learn about academic courses, sports, clubs and other offerings for the 2023-2024 school year.
Davenport marching band students will be celebrating their New Year's festivities overseas—Central High School's "Marching Blue Devils" will join around 8,000 from across the globe to perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade 2023. Over 500,000 spectators are projected to fill the parade's iconic 2-mile route for the first time since January 2020—WQPT will air the parade live on Jan. 1 starting at 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Reflecting on growing community mental health needs, Mercer County Mental Health Action Program (MHAP) director Krissy Dixon is thankful for the Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation's three-year, $156,000 grant to the program last year. MHAP saw its highest case numbers in the 2021-2022 school year, providing individualized case management to 142 clients—a 25 percent increase from the prior year. Of those, 82 were students.
In the summer of 2019, school Superintendent Devin Embray learned the Glenwood District in Mills County, Iowa, was being held hostage by foreign ransomware attackers.
Students and community members alike rolled up their sleeves and donated blood at Bettendorf High School on Tuesday—but it wasn't a typical blood drive. In memoriam of lifelong Bettendorf student and 2022 graduate Charly Erpelding - who passed away in October after her second bout with cancer - the school district, friends, members of the Erpelding family and ImpactLife joined forces to host the first-ever "Give Like Charly" blood drive.
St. Ambrose University signed a memorandum of understanding with Augustana College, creating a pathway for Augustana students to meet degree requirements for the Master of Science in Exercise Physiology (MSEP) program at SAU. With the new partnership, Augustana students may transfer up to eight undergraduate credits to satisfy specific MSEP course requirements.
More than half of Iowa high schools voted to support considering socio-economic factors when determining classifications for high school football next year.
Here are Education and Entertainment Reporter Abby Koch's fave five of 2022.
Findings from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have uncovered historic declines in student performance nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local school districts have worked to address these historic slides, through measures like increased interventions and re-imagining Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) frameworks.
If you were to ask anyone in the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Schools who is the most likable individual in the district, they would most likely say that title belongs to custodian Neal Haugland.
During the recent Iowa State Dance Championships 2023, Jon Gremmels of the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and Heidi Engel of the Quad-City Times produced almost 50 photo galleries of performances by schools in the circulation areas of six Lee Enterprises newspapers in Iowa.
Before winter weather swept across Mason City on Wednesday, several elementary students were able to take home a handmade gift from Mason City Alternative School: a colorful fleece tie blanket.
A roundup of key highlights and agenda items from recent local school board meetings
The Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP) at Black Hawk College aims to prepare people to work in the building trades and to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged persons working on Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) projects. A new HCCTP session begins Monday, Feb. 27, offering instruction and hands-on training 36 hours per week for 13 weeks.
Anyone passing by can now take a sled ride on a whim at two Mason City parks, thanks to new "sled sheds" installed Wednesday.
One Riverhawk cheerleader has the opportunity of a lifetime in 2023: performing at the Citrus Bowl.
Western Illinois University graduate student Ashley Danner was awarded this year's WIU-Quad Cities Core Values Award for Personal Growth, which recognizes her leadership in implementing and expanding WIU-QC's student government association. WIU-QC was also recently awarded a $39,700 grant from the Quad Cities Community Foundation for a part-time Spanish Bilingual Family Resource Specialist to serve WIU-Qc's upcoming Learning Lab Site, "Rocky's Play Space."