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Boosting Quality in Every Iowa Classroom

May 29, 2015 Iowa is among the first states to create a teacher leadership system designed to boost student achievement, increase teaching expertise and raise the status of the teaching professio. more »»

Q&A: Avian Flu

May 29, 2015 Q: How is the avian influenza affecting Iowa’s poultry farms and egg production? A: The contagious disease known as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is wiping out tens of millions of birds... more »»

Slices of Life - Young and in love

May 22, 2015 Our family is growing. Daughter number one and only recently got engaged, which means there is a wedding and new son-in-law in our future. The engagement took my husband by surprise. more »»

House Needs to Act on Bipartisan Anti-Bullying Bill

May 22, 2015 In 2007, the Iowa Legislature required school districts to adopt safe school policies to guard against harassment and bullying. Unfortunately, there is still too much of it going on. more »»

Refreshing Juvenile Justice

May 22, 2015 As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as part of my Victims Reform Agenda, I’ve put reform and renewal of the juvenile justice law on the committee’s docket. more »»

Q&A: National Foster Care Month

May 15, 2015 Q: Why is the month of May designated to observe the nation’s foster care system? A: It’s a good opportunity to highlight an important issue that affects 400,000 children in America. more »»

Medicare Boost for Iowans

May 15, 2015 Young, old or in between, every worker collecting a paycheck has a stake in Medicar. more »»

Slices of Life - Mother's Day can be one of those days

May 15, 2015 Seasons come and go. The sun rises and sets. We celebrate beginnings, endings and all things in between. This weekend, we celebrate mothers. more »»

Slices of Life - Thoughtful thoughts

April 24, 2015 My youngest is sick and lying on the couch - because that is what you do on sick days. I didn’t question him this morning when he told me he wasn’t feeling well. I could tell it was the truth. more »»

Q&A: Preventing Sexual Assault

April 24, 2015 Q: What more can be done to reduce sexual violence in society? A: The President signed a proclamation making April National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Mont. more »»

School Funding Fits Into State Budget Plans

April 24, 2015 Senate Democrats continue to get public support for our compromise proposal to increase basic school funding next school year by 2.625 percent. more »»

Slices of Life - Life's truths: Part 2

April 10, 2015 Here we are, back again to gain a little insight about the truths in life we occasionally ignore, sometimes acknowledge and often stumble upon when we least expect it. more »»

Q&A on H-1B Visas

April 10, 2015 Q: What is an H-1B Visa? A: An H-1B visa is a temporary, employment-based visa status for skilled foreign guest workers. Administered by U.S. more »»

The Destruction of America

April 10, 2015 America was founded, and has thrived, on the principles of individual liberty and freedom. more »»

Slices of Life - Life's truths, part I

April 3, 2015 The older I get, the more I know that I didn’t know what I thought I used to know back when I knew it al. more »»

Marching Away From Madness

April 3, 2015 You know March Madness has arrived when a large share of Americans are checking on their NCAA brackets and checking off their tax returns. more »»

Letter to the Editor: National Ag Week

March 20, 2015 Dear Editor, Even in these difficult times, we can be grateful for the blessings we enjoy in this country, like our safe food supply and a wide variety of food choices. more »»

Which Nursing Homes Make the Grade?

March 20, 2015 When families need to make decisions about long-term care, many feel overwhelmed and unprepared. more »»

Community Involvement Key to Better Infrastructure

March 20, 2015 Over the past two decades, Iowa has installed over 5,000 megawatts of wind capacity and gained 4,000 related jobs. Iowa landowners receive $16 million each year in the form of land lease payments. more »»

Slices of Life - The technology debate

March 20, 2015 “Does technology free us or trap us?” This question came across my inbox the other day and caused me to paus. more »»

 
 

 

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