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Classrooms First legislation passes House committee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:22

SPRINGFIELD – March 13, 2013. After hearing testimony from Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on Wednesday morning, the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee unanimously passed Classrooms First Commission legislation that will make it easier for school districts to voluntarily consolidate. House Bill 2267, sponsored by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), now moves to the full House for consideration.

Simon, the state’s point person on education reform, served as the chairperson of the bipartisan Classrooms First Commission, which examined ways school districts could reduce duplicative spending and improve educational offerings. Based on the Commission’s findings, legislation approved by committee would allow non-contiguous school districts to consolidate, small schools to dissolve voluntarily without referenda and high school districts to tie consolidation dates to capital funding.

“We want Illinois to lead the nation in education performance, not bureaucracy,” said Simon. “This legislation will make it easier for school districts to put their students first by dedicating resources to expanding classroom opportunities, and I would like to thank Rep. Gordon-Booth for her continued work to move this bill though the House.”

The Classrooms First Commission was comprised of P-20 stakeholders including teachers, administrators and parents and it held public hearings across the state on school district consolidation last year. You can learn more about the commission’s recommendations here.

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Iowa Learning Farms host cover crops workshop in Welton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:06
Ames, Iowa—Iowa Learning Farms will host a cover crops workshop, along with the Eastern Iowa Hay Producers Association (EIHPA), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Practical Farmers of Iowa, on Thursday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Buzzy’s Pizza in Welton. The workshop will focus on cover crops for feed, soil and nutrient management.

Topics covered at the event include strategies and goals for cover crop implementation, incorporating cover crops for rotational grazing and row crops with livestock; and includes a field tour at the Neal Engel farm, in Jackson County. The workshop will have presentations and discussion with Sarah Carlson, research and policy director at Practical Farmers of Iowa; Mark Carlton, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist; Bruce Van Laere with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Clinton County and a panel including Neal Engel and other area cover crop farmers.

The event is free and includes a complimentary lunch. This workshop is in conjunction with the EIHPA annual meeting. The EIHPA will collect annual dues as part of the business meeting at the workshop. The public is invited to attend, but an RSVP is  recommended. To register for this event, please call one of these county NRCS offices: Cedar County, 563-886-6214; Clinton
County, 563-659-3456; Dubuque County, 563-876-3418; Jackson County, 563-652-3237; Jones County, 319-462-3196. All numbers will use extension 3.

The workshop will be held at Buzzy’s Pizza, 414 Main Street, Welton. The field tour will be to the Neal Engel farm, 25439 Iowa Highway 64, Maquoketa. The farm is located four miles southeast of Maquoketa at the junction of Highway 64 and County Road Y-60; approximately 10 miles north of Welton on Y-60.

Iowa Learning Farms takes a grassroots approach offering innovative ways to help all Iowans have an active role in keeping our state’s natural resources healthy and not take them for granted. A goal of Iowa Learning Farms is to build a Culture of  conservation, encouraging the adoption of residue management and conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best in-field management practices that increase water and soil quality while remaining profitable.

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.

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Simon to present Classrooms First legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 15:08

SPRINGFIELD – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will testify before the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday, presenting legislation created from her Classrooms First Commission.

Simon, the state’s point person on education reform, served as the chairperson of the bipartisan Classrooms First Commission, which examined ways school districts could reduce duplicative spending and improve educational offerings. Based on the Commission’s findings, legislation being presented on Wednesday would allow non-contiguous school districts to consolidate and small schools to dissolve without referenda.

“We want Illinois to lead the nation in education performance, not bureaucracy,” said Simon. “This legislation will make it easier for school districts to put their students first by dedicating resources to expanding classroom opportunities.”

Later Wednesday, Simon will address more than 100 representatives from Illinois’ Main Street communities. This year marks the 20th year of Illinois Main Street, a program dedicated to revitalizing local economies through investment and job creation. Simon is the state ambassador for Main Street.


Committee Testimony

DATE: Wednesday, March 13
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
PLACE: Room D-1, Stratton Building, Springfield

Illinois Main Street Rally

DATE: Wednesday, March 13
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Capitol Rotunda, Springfield

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MOUNT MERCY LOCAL ADMISSIONS VISIT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Jentz   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:48

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 7, 2013) - Mount Mercy University Admissions Counselor Heidi Goetzinger will be at

Bettendorf High School, Tuesday, March 19, at 10:00 a.m

Moline Senior High School, Tuesday, March 19, at 1:15 p.m

West High School, Tuesday, March 26, at 9:00 a.m

Davenport Central High School, Tuesday, March 26, at 1:00 p.m

to answer questions about admission, campus life, service-learning opportunities, scholarships and academic programs. (Last Name) will meet with high school students interested in learning more about Mount Mercy's 35 majors, 15 varsity athletic teams and more than 30 clubs and organizations. For more information about Mount Mercy University, please visit www.mtmercy.edu or call (800) 248-4504.

Mount Mercy University offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 traditional, transfer, adult and graduate students. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education, and social work. Students have numerous clubs and organizations to participate in, ranging from the Biology Club to the Quiz Bowl. The Mount Mercy Mustangs have earned more than 35 conference championships competing in men's basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, bowling, cross country and track & field, and women's basketball, softball, volleyball, golf, bowling, cross country, track & field, and soccer.

Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to more than 1,800 enrolled students and uniquely blends liberal arts education with professional preparation.

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What: Rivermont Collegiate Middle School Info Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Friday, 08 March 2013 14:54

When: Wednesday, March 13th – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Rivermont Collegiate – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

RSVP: Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admission & Marketing – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (563) 359-1366 ext. 302

Why:  Do you have a student entering Middle School (grades 6-8) next year?  The Middle School years, more than any other time of life, are filled with dramatic life experiences, intellectual growth, and emotional expansion.  Rivermont Collegiate recognizes that Middle School students have unique needs!  Join us for an informational meeting to explore our curriculum, extracurricular activities, and comprehensive advising system.  Join us for a light dinner and discussion of the who, what, when, where, and why of Rivermont Middle School!

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities’ only private, independent college prep school, with students from throughout the Quad City community.  Visit us online at www.rvmt.org!

This event is open to the community - anyone interested in Rivermont's Middle School program is invited to join us.

 
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