15 02, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 15, 2015

  • February 15th, 2015

SCHOOL START DATE

You may have been hearing some discussion about a “start date” for Iowa’s public and nonpublic schools. Iowa law requires schools to start no earlier than the week that contains the first day of September. However, for many years the state has allowed schools to get a […]

8 02, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 8, 2015

  • February 8th, 2015

LAST WEEK AT THE CAPITOL

The Iowa House Education Committee passed a bill last week to provide additional spending flexibility for nonpublic community-based preschools, such as Catholic schools, that participate in the state-funded preschool program. The bill, House File 156, also includes transportation funding provisions to assist public schools. HF […]

2 02, 2015

ICC Newsletter – Feb. 2, 2015

  • February 2nd, 2015

Catholic Schools Week and National School Choice Week were celebrated across the state last week. Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spoke at a school choice event held at the State Historical Building and Gov. Branstad signed proclamations to mark the events.

In addition, staff from the Iowa Catholic Conference was part […]

22 01, 2015

ICC opposes “doctor-prescribed suicide” bill

  • January 22nd, 2015

On Jan. 21, 2015, a bill was introduced in the Iowa House  (House File 65) to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, also called “physician-assisted suicide.” The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the bill.

The Iowa Catholic Conference opposes the legalization of doctor-prescribed suicide, also called physician-assisted suicide. Many people are understandably concerned about […]

22 01, 2015

Education Savings Accounts – 2015

  • January 22nd, 2015

January 2015

Parents are the ones primarily responsible for the education of their children. We believe Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are a tool that would empower parents across our state to choose the best and most suitable education for their children, regardless of economic standing. ESAs would allow parents who […]

16 01, 2015

First week of the 2015 legislative session

  • January 16th, 2015

The first day of the Iowa legislative session this week offered an opportunity for legislative leaders to talk about their expectations for the session. You can find the highlights on our Facebook page.

Legislators began introducing bills this week. Many have little chance of advancement. As bills start to […]

9 01, 2015

Legislative session preview, Jan. 9, 2015

  • January 9th, 2015

The 86th General Assembly of the Iowa legislature begins this Monday, Jan. 12. Little legislative work gets done the first week other than the usual ceremonies and organizational meetings of committees.

Also coming up next week is Governor Branstad’s “Condition of the State” speech to the legislature on Tuesday and […]

18 12, 2014

Iowa Catholic Conference Newsletter, December 2014

  • December 18th, 2014

Welcome to the new members of the Iowa Catholic Conference legislative network! As we head toward Christmas, our staff is making preparations for several events in January: the start of the legislative session on Jan. 12, the Midwest March for Life on Jan. 17, and the Iowa Institute for […]

8 12, 2014

ICC announces youth/young adult track for Iowa Institute for Social Action

  • December 8th, 2014

The 2015 Iowa Institute for Social Action conference, sponsored by the Iowa Catholic Conference (ICC) and the dioceses of Iowa, will help leaders advocate for social justice in the public arena. The 2015 Institute will be held Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18 and 19 (Martin Luther King holiday) at […]