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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This week is Catholic Schools Week and the Iowa bishops have released a statement in support of Education Savings Accounts. ESAs would allow parents who choose not to enroll their children in a public school to receive a deposit of public funds into a savings account set up […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here’s the updated schedule for keynotes and breakout sessions at the Iowa Institute for Social Action on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18 and 19 at Saints John and Paul Church in Altoona, Iowa. To register go to iowasocialaction.eventbrite.com.
Sunday, Jan. 18
Noon Registration for […]
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 […]