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Federal interference in state-level education decisions, Common Core standards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:58

Grassley works to stop federal interference and restore state-level education decisions

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is leading an effort to ask leading Senate appropriators to restore state-level decision making about academic content in public schools in response to the way federal incentives have interfered and put a heavy hand on states to adopt the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Grassley said the Common Core program was initially billed as a voluntary effort, and that current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments.

“The reality is that the U.S. Department of Education has made adoption of standards matching those in Common Core a requirement for getting waivers and funds,” Grassley said.  “This violates the structure of our education system, where academic content decisions are made at the state level giving parents a direct line of accountability to those making the decisions.  The federal government should not be allowed to coerce state education decision makers.”

Grassley is inviting senators to join him in a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds education.  The letter urges appropriators to set clear restrictions on the U.S. Department of Education from setting academic content standards either directly or indirectly when they put together legislation to fund the U.S. Department of Education for the next fiscal year.

Here is the text of the letter that Grassley is inviting senators to sign by April 25.

 

April 26, 2013

 

The Honorable Tom Harkin

Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

The Honorable Jerry Moran

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education

Senate Appropriations Committee

Dear Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Moran:

We ask that the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill include language to restore state decision-making and accountability with respect to state academic content standards. The decision about what students should be taught and when it should be taught has enormous consequences for our children. Therefore, parents ought to have a straight line of accountability to those who are making such decisions. State legislatures, which are directly accountable to the citizens of their states, are the appropriate place for those decisions to be made, free from any pressure from the U.S. Department of Education.

While the Common Core State Standards Initiative was initially billed as a voluntary effort between states, federal incentives have clouded the picture. Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a “common set of K-12 standards” matching the description of the Common Core. The U.S. Department of Education also made adoption of “college- and career-ready standards” meeting the description of the Common Core a condition to receive a state waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Race to the Top funds were also used to fund two consortiums to develop assessments aligned to the Common Core and the Department is now in the process of evaluating these assessments.

We ask that you eliminate further interference by the U.S. Department of Education with respect to state decisions on academic content standards by including the following language in the Fiscal Year 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill:

Sec. __. (a) Funds appropriated under this Act or any prior Act shall not be used by the Secretary of Education—

(1) to directly develop, implement, or evaluate multi-State or other specified standards (defined in this section as any set of academic content standards common to multiple States, including the Common Core State Standards developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, or any other specified set or type of academic content standards selected by the Secretary) or assessments aligned with such standards;

(2) to award any grant, contract, or cooperative agreement that requires or specifically authorizes the development, implementation, or evaluation of multi-State or other specified standards, or assessments aligned with such standards;

(3) to condition any award of funds to a State on the adoption of multi-State or other specified standards, or to include, as a component of an application for Federal funds, a requirement or preference related to multi-State or other specified standards; or

(4) to enforce any provision of a waiver issued by such Secretary under section 9401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7861) related to the adoption of multi-State or other specified standards.

(b) Nothing in subsection (a) shall be construed to limit the discretion of an individual State to use funds provided through a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement for any uses that are authorized under the grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, if the State so chooses.

Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,

 

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the TCR Ladies Luncheon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Friday, 19 April 2013 13:22
April 17, 2013 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  For Immediate Release: Reserve your seat at
the Theatre Cedar Rapids Ladies Luncheon .

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the annual Theatre Cedar Rapids Ladies Luncheon.
Now in its ninth year, the Ladies Luncheon is set for Thursday, May 2, 2013, at
the Cedar Rapids Country Club.

Attendees will shop in the exclusive garden and gourmet marketplace, have lunch
with friends and enjoy a live performance by cast members of the upcoming TCR musical
The Wizard of Oz.  The market, known for its unique fare from potted herbs to specialty
items for your home to homemade gourmet food delicacies, opens for shopping at 10:30
followed by lunch and the program beginning at noon.

The event goals are to:

·        raise $30,000 in operating funds for Theatre Cedar Rapids

·        support Theatre education and programming especially for youth

·        celebrate and support the community relationships inherent in TCR's mission

·        increase community awareness of TCR's current and upcoming season

Sponsors of the Ladies Luncheon are Neil Boudreaux Salon, CarePro Health Services
and The Wright Touch Bake Shoppe.
Individual tickets are $60 and are available at www.theatrecr.org [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001pUTQ_mcA1BoKxCtnhoZJ1gSA9GiwDpRJeDVr4KTVWZw1limkiLB-YeQOWg1GNkQQqQZvzHdzMciP_HNRBoGYMvCVbAqSlssU68KfmEUnKheSTam7Fwvphg==]
or by calling the TCR box office at 319-366-8591. For information on hosting a table,
email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ].

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$ave on TCR Summer Camps! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:04
Our Town Cast Announcement
Congratulations to the cast of Our Town!  Tickets for this very special staged reading
production will go on sale May 7th.

* Katie Andreasen -  Rebecca Gibbs
* Mary Crandall -  Woman in Balcony/Dead Woman #2
* Lyle Fisher -  Stage Manager
* Seth Friedman -  Man in Auditorium/Baseball Player/Sam Craig
* Alisa Gerhold -  Emily Webb
* Duane Larson -  Mr. Webb
* Basilio Light -  Constable Warren
* Mary Locher -  Mrs. Webb
* Max Locher -   Joe Crowell/Wally Webb/Si Crowell
* Marnie Marshall  -  Mrs. Soames
* Ben Schmidt  -  George Gibbs
* Philip Schramp -   Dr. Gibbs
* Brian Smith  -  Howie Newsome/Baseball Player/Dead Man
* Susan Streit  -  Mrs. Gibbs
* Rick Titus -   Professor Willard/Joe Stoddard
* Mike Wilhelm  -  Simon Stimson
* Bonnie Williams  -  Lady in Box/Dead Woman #1

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9th Annual Ladies Luncheon

FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD... Join us for The 9th Annual Ladies Luncheon to benefit
Theatre Cedar Rapids.  Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The Cedar Rapids Country Club


* 10:30 - Market Opens for shopping
* Noon - Lunch and program

Tickets to this Luncheon are available online or by calling the box office at  319-366-8591.
Individual tickets - $60. Click here to buy online now! [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ZHF2xgWzuU93ipj6hxgUyYDZGALrgLRBhuOPAOiEcU2Os4DbUZNuhZ_tvS57TWEltgeY51JBzqAqDZZOoAcfGMiKggGrb1wGDY-3C3drZaOoScDMnliR6_WXAHQoYof6_y8sf8popWiL3HQuob-zzFX0rDdfGHLn1brjDkcZ1gY=]For details on hosting a table, please
email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Digging Deeper at NCSML

Experience Theater in a New Way at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.
Go behind scenes of a renowned Czech play when the National Czech & Slovak Museum
& Library hosts "Digging Deeper," a preview and talkback for "Rossum's Universal
Robots."

Beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Digging Deeper will feature the cast and
director of Theatre Cedar Rapids' production of the 1921 play by Karel Capek. Guests
will get to view select scenes and ask questions about the show.  This event will
be held at The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place
SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Cost: $7.  A cash bar will be available. For more information,
call (319) 362-8500

 
Gov. Branstad’s remarks from today’s media conference call PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:24

(DES MOINES) – The office of Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released the governor’s prepared statement from today’s media conference call.

 

The remarks, as prepared for delivery, were as follows:

 

Good evening, or should I say, good morning in Iowa. Director Durham and I are calling you from Iowa’s sister state in China, the Province of Hebei, and it is 10:15 P.M. here in China. We just finished our last full day of our trade mission and are headed back to Iowa tomorrow. Our trade mission has been extremely productive with visits to the four cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Baoding City and Shijiazhuang, all in four days.

 

The focus of this trade mission has been on promoting Iowa’s global partnership with China, especially in the areas of expanded trade and direct investment in Iowa. Throughout the trip, we have had numerous business meetings with current purchasers of Iowa exports or potential business partners.

 

Earlier this week, I also lead a group of U.S. governors in a governors’ forum with five Chinese governors through the National Governors Association. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Governor Bob McDonnell were the participating governors from the United States.

 

On Monday, I also had the tremendous honor of being the first governor from the United States to meet China’s new President, Xi Jinping. Our meeting lasted over 45 minutes. President Xi spoke highly of his history with the state and the people of Iowa. He even recalled the menu from the state dinner we held on February 15, 2012, and the delicious corn, soybean, pork and beef that we ate.

 

We also discussed the importance of continued partnerships between the people of Iowa and the people of China. As the new leader of China, a country of over 1.3 billion people, we know that this meeting and our partnership with China will be very beneficial as we look to the future, especially in the areas of trade and economic partnership.

 

Lastly, we also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Iowa-Hebei sister state relationship. I signed the original agreement in 1983 establishing the sister state relationship between the state of Iowa and Hebei province. It was an honor to recognize this anniversary 30 years later in Hebei.

It is no secret that this sister state relationship has been very beneficial to the people of Iowa and we look forward to more success in the future with this unique partnership. And now, I would be happy to answer your questions.

 

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Naomi Iltis Serves on the Student Activities Council at Concordia University, Nebraska PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenny Hammond   
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:00

SEWARD, NE (04/12/2013)(readMedia)-- Naomi Iltis, a sophomore from Le Claire, Iowa, is a member of the Student Activities Council (SAC) at Concordia University, Nebraska for the 2012-2013 school year. SAC members plan and implement activities to entertain and promote the social and spiritual well-being of the student community with dances, holiday activities, musicians, comedians, bands, games, and Homecoming and Spring Weekend activities. SAC is affiliated with the National Association for Campus-Activities.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully-accredited, coeducation university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.

On the web: http://readabout.me/achievements/Naomi-Iltis-Serves-on-the-Student-Activities-Council-at-Concordia-University-Nebraska/5972609.

 
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