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Bettendorf resident in the Spotlight at Mount Union College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mount Union   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:46

Courtney Wachal of Bettendorf, Iowa, is the current student in the spotlight at Mount Union College.  Ms. Wachal, a sophomore, is majoring in French and International Studies.

Transplant Production Workshop Rescheduled for March 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Monday, 25 February 2013 09:20
Due to the Winter Storm Advisory issued by the National Weather Service, the Vegetable Transplant Production Workshop scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Scott County Extension Office has been rescheduled. The workshop will now be Saturday, March 2 from 1 - 5:30 p.m. There is no change in the location; the rescheduled workshop will be held at the Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf.

Those interested in attending and not registered for the event can register by going to

For more information about the workshop, contact Ajay Nair at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 515-294-7080.


Branstad, Reynolds praise House action to make schools best in the nation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:16

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today thanked House Republicans for spearheading the effort to make Iowa’s schools best in the nation again. The governor and lieutenant governor also thanked the full House of Representatives for the overwhelming, bipartisan support of their effort to replace “allowable growth” with 100 percent state aid, which offers further protection to Iowa property taxpayers.

“This morning, the Iowa House passed an education reform plan that will set us on a path to again have the nation’s best schools,” said Gov. Branstad from an economic development trip in California. “This plan will give our teachers a new, 21st century system designed to reward their efforts and ensure great teaching in every classroom. Most importantly, this reform means our students will have the skills they need to compete with their peers across the globe.”

The governor is pleased with the Senate’s progress in offering meaningful reform as well.

“I want to commend Senate Democrats for their efforts, and the seriousness with which they are approaching educational reform,” continued Branstad. “This is a significant effort, and I look forward to working with the Senate to continue our progress and sign this legislation into law this year.”

Reynolds noted the broad support the legislation enjoys.

“I want to commend the House in passing this legislation, which shows legislators are serious about passing meaningful education reform that again makes Iowa a national leader,” said Reynolds. “The broad, statewide support this reform enjoys is the result of years of input and consensus building. We now turn our attention to the Senate, and we will work with them to ensure our reform efforts move forward.”


Branstad, Reynolds thank partners for supporting education reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:07

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today thanked the myriad Partners for Education Reform who have signed on with their proposal to make Iowa’s schools the best in the nation. Branstad and Reynolds both understood the need for a broad, bipartisan effort when they released their proposal just last month.

“We have many good schools with committed educators, but they are stuck in a system designed for the 20th century, not the 21st century,” Branstad said. “I am ready to invest significant resources into these educational reforms, which truly have the power to dramatically raise achievement. I want to thank these vital partners who will help us move education reform forward.”

Reynolds highlighted the importance of enhancing the teaching profession as a whole.

“This is about strengthening the teaching profession for the benefit of both students and teachers,” Reynolds said. “Teachers are the single most important influence on a child’s success inside school, and educators are being asked to do much more to prepare students for our knowledge-driven economy. We must make sure new teachers are ready to rise to that challenge, while also providing more support for teachers already in the classroom. Our Partners for Education Reform understand this.”

An electronic list of the Partners for Education Reform can be found HERE. The growing list is as follows:




Principal Financial Group

Iowa Chamber Alliance

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Urban Education Network of Iowa

Iowa Biotechnology Association

Iowa Board of Regents

Deere & Company

Master Builders of Iowa

MidAmerican Energy Company

Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company

Monsanto Company

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

Meredith Corporation

Alliant Energy Corporation


Alliance Pipline, Inc.

Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa


NextEra Energy

Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI)

Iowa Association of Realtors


Hy-Vee, Inc.

Iowa Engineering Society

American Council of Engineering Companies

Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/IA)

Professional Educators of Iowa

Siouxland Chamber

Iowa Department of Education

College Student Aid Commission


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Jordan Catholic School Science Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Thursday, 21 February 2013 08:56

Jordan Catholic School 7th & 8th Grade Science Fair Friday February 22nd, 4-6pm

Over 70 7th & 8th grade students will participate with more than 40 projects displayed. This first round of fair will take place at Jordan on Friday: • 10:00am – 12:30pm: Judging- judging teams are composed of engineers from John Deere, St. Ambrose and Augustana faculty and students, as well as science degreed professionals.

• 1:15pm to 2:50pm: Open to the Jordan student and faculty
• 4:00pm to 6:00pm: Open to the public

Students may earn an opportunity to compete in the regional tournament in March at Western
Illinois University, and then to the Illinois State Science Fair in May at University of Illinois.

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