Iowa Senate Democrats push for preschool expansion

Iowa Senate Democrats say they are committed to eliminating waiting lists for preschool programs, but the additional funding faces uncertainty in the House. Roughly one third of Iowa children don't attend preschool despite the free preschool program passed in 2007.

Source: The Des Moines Register

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Test scores illustrate poverty gap

Most schools in Iowa City perform better than average on standardized tests, but at schools with high poverty levels, where most students received free or reduced-price meals, test scores were far lower. The Press-Citizen explores the relationship between poverty and academic achievement.

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

Posted on: May 18, 2013

Schools, parents work on reading skills

As part of a series exploring efforts to improve students' academic achievement, the Quad-City Times looks at a program that has emerged to get students to read at grade level by the end of third grade.

Source: The Quad-City Times

Posted on: May 2, 2013