Kim Reynolds on Education
We need 100% of schools to teach computer science
Currently, almost two-thirds of school districts teach computer science in middle and high school. And about half teach it in elementary school.
We need that to be 100 percent--which is why I'm calling on the Legislature to take computer science statewide and ensure every student, at every level, has access to this new basic skill.
Source: 2020 Iowa State of the State address
, Jan 14, 2020
Additional $93M to invest in our students
The budget I'm submitting proposes over $93 million in additional funding for preschool through high school education, which includes a 2.3% increase in per pupil funding. I'm asking for a $1 million increase in STEM funding. In total, that will bring
our preK-12 investment to almost $3.4 billion this year. Iowans know that a quality education can't be reduced to a dollar figure or a percentage increase. It's about one thing and one thing only: How well we prepare our children to succeed.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Iowa legislature
, Jan 15, 2019
Major cuts to college funding to address budget shortfall
Education: Increase state funding for higher education?
Yes. "We've just been cutting, cutting, cutting." Proposes tuition payback for students at Iowa colleges who commit to 5 years working in rural Iowa.
Reynolds: No. Supported major cuts to address budget shortfall.
Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race
, Nov 1, 2018
School choice offers families option to teach their values
Since taking office seven years ago, we have added $735 million in new money to our preK-12 education systems. At $3.3 billion, funding is at an all-time high. Education is a priority, and we will continue to back that up with real money.
We have also maintained our commitment to school choice, which offers families the option to teach their values, beliefs, and viewpoints to their children. That's why my tax reform plan will expand 529 plans to include K-12 education.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Iowa legislature
, Jan 9, 2018
$40M more for schools; $150M more for teachers
Senate File 166 would modify requirements for the state school foundation program. Said Gov. Branstad, "With $40 million additional dollars, the total state commitment to schools next year will be $3.184 billion dollars."
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds
added, "By setting funding levels early in the session, we are able to provide predictability and stability that administrators, school boards and teachers need. I want to thank the legislature for moving quickly on this important issue.
This is a difficult budget, but this $40 million increase for K-12 education is on top of the $150 million provided through the Teacher Leadership System that rewards our great teachers. Teachers are the key to giving students
a globally competitive education and helping us close the skills gap in Iowa."
The bill passed the Iowa House 55-40 on Feb. 6, 2017 and the Iowa Senate on Feb. 2, 2017, 28-21.
Source: Governor's Press Release on Iowa voting records for SF166
, Feb 8, 2017
Score every Iowa high school for Post-Secondary Readiness
Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced a new state website that shows how prepared students are for success in postsecondary education and training upon graduation from public high schools in Iowa. Lt. Gov. Reynolds was joined by
the director of the Iowa Department of Education [to announce] Iowa's Postsecondary Readiness Report, which provides student enrollment in college and career training, postsecondary remedial course-taking rates, and postsecondary retention and
completion rates for every public high school in Iowa.
Reynolds, co-chair of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance added, "Iowa needs all of today's high school graduates to be genuinely ready for college or career training so they can succeed in a
knowledge-based, technology-driven economy. That will open up great opportunities in their personal and professional lives, and will help close the skills gap that employers tell us about when we travel the state."
Source: IA Lieutenant Gubernatorial website LtGovernor.Iowa.Gov
, Jan 17, 2017
Future Ready Iowa: 70% of Iowans beyond high school
Let's close the skills gap--which in many ways is the biggest challenge our state faces over the next decade. That is why Lt. Governor Reynolds and I set the Future Ready Iowa goal that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce should have education or
training beyond high school by 2025. Today, less than half of our workforce does.
Accomplishing this ambitious goal will create unprecedented opportunities for Iowans and better position our state to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based, digital economy. That is why we established the Future Ready Iowa Alliance,
co-chaired by Lt. Governor Reynolds, which will make recommendations by Oct. 31, 2017, to assure more Iowans have the careers they deserve and employers can hire the skilled workers they need to grow and innovate.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Iowa Legislature
, Jan 10, 2017
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