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This is the Worst School District in Iowa

Every child is born to a unique set of circumstances. And it is these different social, familial, economic, environmental, and many other factors, that help shape who they become. While these conditions are countless, a handful of factors play an outsized role in a child’s development and likelihood for future success — including academic success. […]
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Each DMACC Location To Participate In Destination Registration For Those Interested In Fall Attendance

Those interested in advancing their education at any of the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) locations this fall is invited to special “Destination Registration” events. These will be held on Thursday, July 29 and again on Tuesday, Aug. 10 with in-person events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and virtual ones from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will be able to apply for admission, register for classes and have questions answered. Those attending in person can complete orientation as well. There will be refreshments and DMACC giveaways. Vice President of enrollment Services and Student Success, Shelli Allen, says employers reach out to DMACC every day, asking about qualified workers. “If you have a DMACC degree, chances are you’ll have a number of job offers,” she says. She also says we need to work toward getting closer to what we knew as normal. “We’ve all had so many distractions over the past year, but now is the time to refocus our personal goals and careers. Our goal is to help Iowans get prepared and energized for the Fall Semester. And we want them to have some fun at the same time. For more information, log on to destinationregistration.dmacc.edu.
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Guthrie Center Parent Gets Luck Of The Draw From Iowa Student Loan

A Guthrie Center parent is one of 40 to receive a $250 college savings deposit in the first quarter drawings sponsored by the Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corporation. Crystal Hanson was one of 670 participants who became eligible for the random drawing after receiving free college and career planning information for their middle and high school students. The informational service helps parents and guardians guide their students in eighth through 12th grades with an eye to the future. “Parents are often unsure of how to help their student think about and plan for the future,” says President and CEO of Iowa Student Loan, Steve McCullough. “We want to help them understand the planning steps that apply to each student’s grade level and what they as a family can do now to prepare for success in college and careers.” The free service is provided via twice-monthly emails to parents and guardians who sign up at www.sp3.org. Registered recipients are then given the opportunity to enter the quarterly drawings for deposits into a college savings account.
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More Des Moines students leave district than predicted

Nearly 400 Des Moines students have applied for open enrollment to leave the school district for the upcoming school year, reports the Quad-City Times.Why it matters: It was predicted Des Moines would lose 360 students, equating to $2.7 million. That number is higher now — further straining a financially struggling district.State of play: Des Moines schools were historically allowed to deny open enrollment requests to maintain socioeconomic equity.In the district, about 75% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch — a much higher number than surrounding districts.But in May, a Republican-led law went into effect that eliminated Des Moines and four other school districts' abilities to deny requests based on trying to maintain diversity.The big picture: Iowa Republicans made a hard push for school choice this last year, saying families should be in control of how and where students receive their education.But Democrats have said the law will further financial and cultural inequities in schools as richer families leave for the suburbs.
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What School Could Look Like This Fall

As families and local school districts prepare for the upcoming school year, what happens in the coming month could determine what that school year might look like. Dallas County Health Department Public Information Officer Ann Cochran talks about some of the possibilities in terms of social distancing measures and other factors with COVID-19.
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Iowa schools work to curb classroom violence, disruption with state grants

A new school will open this fall in the Eastern Allamakee Community School District, but only two students are enrolled. Under a grant program from the Department of Education, the district plans to convert a defunct middle school building into Kee Connect, a facility with two new therapeutic classrooms that can accommodate up to 20 students who need additional mental health or behavioral support.
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Herzberg crowned 2021 Page County Fair Queen

(Clarinda) -- Clarinda High School Senior Aubrey Herzberg says she is excited to represent Page County at the upcoming Iowa State Fair. Herzberg was crowned 2021 Page County Fair Queen and Miss Congeniality this week as festivities ramp up at the fairgrounds in Clarinda. Herzberg says she tries to stay involved and active with as many clubs and organizations as possible.
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Twin Cedars/Melcher-Dallas Top 10 Sports Stories of 2020-21 School Year – Honorable Mention

As the Iowa high school football postseason began, two local schools opted out of the postseason to instead play each other to close the season. Marion County’s two eight-man programs, Melcher-Dallas and Twin Cedars, had met in every season since 1998, but last year, to the disappointment of both schools, they were placed in separate districts and not scheduled to compete against each other.
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Changes in diversity office staff prime the university for a new semester

Iowa State University's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has had some significant changes in their staff. An interim vice president for diversity and equality has been appointed and approved, while the director of diversity, equity and inclusion has recently arrived on campus. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion...
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ADM School Board Approves Facility Use Guidelines

The Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School Board approved facility use guidelines at their regular meeting this past Monday. Also, the Board set two public hearings on August 9th for platting for the Meadow View Elementary to the City of Adel and MidAmerican Energy and approved an Anderson Erickson Dairy contract for the upcoming school year.
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Drake University to Host STEM Summer Camp For Middle School Students

(Des Moines, IA) Drake University will host a STEM summer camp for middle school students next month. The camp will be offered to seventh and eighth graders interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. They will get to do hands-on activities with biology, robotics, statistics, and more. Organizers are hoping to give those students a love of science. One Drake professor says they’re hoping some Iowa companies step forward to help cover the cost for students from more underserved areas or minority backgrounds. The camp will run the first week of August.
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2021 Iowa State University Ivy College of Business Woman Business Owner of the Year: Sonia Parras Konrad

The first thing you notice when you walk into the conference room at Sonia Parras Konrad’s law office is a large, colorful painting hanging on the wall. The painting depicts Lady Justice, a common symbol used in the judicial system that represents fair and equal administration of the law. But instead of holding the traditional sword, Lady Justice is holding the hand of a young girl, leading her forward.
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Iowa's plans for using latest round of federal stimulus funds approved by Department of Education

DES MOINES — Iowa's plans to the use the latest round of federal stimulus funds for kindergarten through 12th grade schools have been approved. The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that it was distributing $258 million, the remainder of the state's Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief with the approval of its plans. Iowa was allocated a total of $775 million, the rest of which was received earlier this year. That money is part of the third round of ESSER dollars, approved in the American Rescue Plan.