Child care advocates seek relief from pandemic funding problems - We Are Iowa - January 10, 2022

'We can't make it spread anymore': Iowa preschool programs fight for federal funding - KCCI Channel 8 - January 10, 2022

Iowa Rural School Advocates set 2022 legislative agenda - Decorah News - November 1, 2021

Rural schools discuss legislative priorities - Clinton Herald - November 1, 2021

Iowa charter schools bill prepared for governor's action - The Center Square Contributor - May 4, 2021

The rules for Iowa charter schools are changing - Des Moines Register - May 3, 2021  

To mask or not to mask - Des Moines Register - April 2, 2021

School officials: Charter schools unneeded, may divert public funds - The Daily Nonpareil - March 30, 2021

Bill would let some 5-year-olds enroll in preschool programs - Times Republican - March 26, 2021

Federal aid could ease preschool losses from pandemic in Iowa - The Gazette - March 16, 2021

Bill would expand roster of those eligible to be Iowa substitute teachers - Radio Iowa - March 15, 2021

Parents would need to consent to gender identify curriculum under Senate bill - Iowa Capital Dispatch - February 16, 2021

School choice bill opens more education options for Iowa families - The Center Square - February 5, 2021

Iowa lawmakers consider measure making it easier to hold children back a grade, given pandemic-related turmoil - Des Moines Register - January 26, 2021

Parental choice? Or a loss of local control? Iowa lawmakers to weigh requirement for in-person classes - Des Moines Register - January 11, 2021

Pandemic impact on enrollment, achievement complicates Iowa school funding - Quad-City Times - January 6, 2021

Decline in K-12 Enrollment Will Drive Legislative Debate Over School Funding - Iowa Public Radio News - January 4, 2021

Decrease in Enrollment Could Lead to Financial Trouble for Iowa Public Schools - WHO-13 Des Moines, December 15, 2020

State legislator gives verbal support to shool board's concerns - Clinton Herald - November 25, 2020

Pandemic intensifies challenges for rural students and teachers - Illinois Farmer Today - November 24, 2020

How a once noncontroversial new law became the center of Iowa's polarizing return-to-school plans - Des Moines Register - August 11, 2020

State Senate Candidate Varley, Public Education Stakeholders, Meet Virtually Thursday - Raccoon Valley Radio - August 7, 2020

Reynolds accuses virtual 'Return to Learn' plans of 'defying the law' - KCCI - August 5, 2020

Iowa lawmakers still undecided on school funding - Radio Iowa - February 24, 2020

K-12 Funding Running Late in Iowa Legislature - Iowa Public Radio - February 20, 2020

K-12 Funding in Iowa Leg Still Undecided - KWIT Siouxland - February 20, 2020

Parental Notification Bill for LGBT School Curricula Advances in Iowa House - Caffeinated Thoughts - February 11, 2020

Iowa legislature debates bills about funding, resource officers, "room clears" - Clinton Herald - February 11, 2020

The Debate over K-12 Education Funding at the Statehouse - Iowa Public Radio's River to River - February 10, 2020

Iowa lawmakers seek ways to address school violence - The Gazette - February 5, 2020

Iowa lawmakers stick with their K-12 funding plans - The Globe Gazette - January 30, 2020

Now with millions more for busing, rural Iowa schools focusing on classrooms - The Gazette - November 22, 2019

Transportation Funding Boost Helping Rural Schools - Sioux City Journal - November 16, 2019

Rural School Advocates Set 2020 Legislative Agenda - Mitchell County Press News and Globe Gazette - October 29, 2019

Rural School Advocates Set 2020 Legislative Agenda - Audubon County Advocate Journal - October 25, 2019

Finkenauer Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Keep Teachers in the Classroom - September 18, 2019

Roundtable on rural broadband expansion led by Iowa congresswoman, FCC commissioner - - August 5, 2019

For rural Iowans, broadband internet 'a necessity for modern life,' FCC commissioner says  - The Gazette - August 5, 2019

School Districts Need Reliable Funding for Transportation – The Gazette – April 14, 2019

Why Rural Schools Matter, Rural Teacher Testimonials - Rural School Collaborative - March 2019

Deyoe votes to extend school infrastructure tax - Nebraska City News & Press - March 19, 2019.

Weekly District Update  - Oskaloosa Harold - February 18, 2019.  

Bill clears committee on sales tax money for area schools - KIOW - February 15, 2019.

Bill moving through legislative would extend sales tax to Iowa Schools - KIWA Radio - February 15, 2019. 

Proposed Changes to Education Funding Fall Short of Bipartisan Support – Iowa Public Radio - February 11, 2019.  Margaret Buckton on IPR River to River radio show.

Bill would extend sales tax to Iowa Schools - Radio Iowa - February 14, 2019

K-12 funding boost likely to clear first hurdle - The Gazette - February 9, 2019

Iowa legislature soon to vote on three education funding bills - Radio Iowa - February 6, 2019

Senate Panel Advances Republican Plan For K-12 Funding Increase - Iowa Public Radio - RSAI Professional Advocate, Margaret Buckton, in the news, February 6, 2019

Extending Sales Tax for Iowa schools gathers speed -  The Courier, RSAI Professional Advocate, Margaret Buckton, in the news

Report: Rural poverty in America is "an emergency" - NPR

Time is running out to extend Iowa sales tax for schools - The Gazette

Iowa Bill Reduces Rural District Bus Costs - School Transportation News

Margaret Buckton Interviewed with School Leaders on School Safety, Vouchers and More - IPR

Taken for a Ride: Investigating school transportation costs - KWWL

For richer and for poorer: a look at funding in two Iowa schools - The Gazette

Case Study: Davenport's legal challenge against "inequity in funding" - The Gazette 

Is School Funding Fair? A Roundtable Debate - EdWeek Article

IPR's Sarah Boden reports on juggling school transportation, education funding - Interview on SoundCloud 

Transportation Cost Disparity Takes Funds from Education in Some Iowa School Districts - IowaWatch.Org

Journal Express article - RSAI noted in the Journal Express regarding opposition to HF 566, change of school board elections to November. 

School Choice and Rural Education

Parents for Great Iowa Schools Press Release

Education Week Article, January 19, 2017 Read about how education is failing rural Iowa in this commentary piece from Education Week

FOX TV News Story, May 2016- Click here to read about the future of rural schools in Iowa given funding concerns. 

Budget Costs Soar for Rural Schools - Click here to read an article on the Iowa Public Radio website regarding Iowa rural school funding.


I-35 Students Advocate for 4% with #FOURtunatefutures and #pupilsnotpolitics - Click here to read an excerpt from the student published Roadrunner Report.  Share your district's success stories with your local Representative and use the hashtags #FOURtunatefutures and #pupilsnotpolitics. 

Mental health, school staffing take center stage at legislative dinner - December 2, 2021

Commentary: Times Article on Rural School Misses Half the Story - Educational Success - October 6, 2021

Great video from Iowa An A Rural Teacher campaign - April 29, 2020

U.S. Dept of Education Backtracks, Restores Previous Cuts to Rural School Funding - Education Week - March 5, 2020

How a program can help students re-enter school after a mental health crisis - The Hechinger Report - February 9, 2020 

How can Iowa continually turn their heads from helping small public schools... - Corydon Times - February 3, 2020

Talks about School Based Tele-Health Services for Rural Students' Mental Health Needs - Raccoon Valley Radio

   Nurse Practitioner Sees Success with Mental Health Program in Greene County - December 6, 2019

   Let's Talk Greene County Mental Health - Part 1 - December 17, 2019 

   Let's Talk Greene County Mental Health - Part 2 - December 17, 2019

Open Enrollment Has Drained One District.  It's Looking to Dissolve - Education Week - December 10, 2019

Osage, Riceville superintendent receives national award for computer science - December 5, 2019 (featuring RSAI Legislative Group Leader, Barb Schwamman)  Related Documents: Osage Computer Science Pathway 1 and Osage Computer Science Pathway 2

School district in rural Colorado invites college students to classrooms, hoping they'll return as teachers - CBS News - November 19, 2019

USDA Invests $7.2 Million in Rural Broadband for Iowa and South Dakota Families - USDA - November 15, 2019

USDA Invests $41.6 Million in Rural Broadband for Missouri and Southern Iowa Families - USDA - November 15, 2019

Nearly One in Five U.S. Students Attend Rural Schools, Here's What You Should Know About Them - Education Week - November 7, 2109

Something Special Is Happening in Rural American - New York Times - September 17, 2019

The Latest Threat to School Sports - A Bus Driver Shortage - Forbes - September 25, 2019

Perennial Challenge in Rural Alaska:  Getting and Keeping Teachers - - September 10, 2019

How ESSA Could Complicate Rural Turnarounds - - September 10, 2019

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