San Fran school board approves extra protection and services for illegals

By Victor Skinner SAN FRANCISCO – Students in the San Francisco Unified School District convinced school board members on Tuesday to adopt a new policy with extra protections and services for illegal immigrants. The resolution adopted by the SFUSD board forbids school officials or employees from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement or “providing information or consenting to […] …read more

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Kim Reynolds Announces New Administration Staff

By Caffeinated Thoughts

From left: Jake Ketzner, Tim Albrecht, Ryan Koopmans, Catherine Huggins, and Brenna Smith

(Des Moines, IA) Governor Kim Reynolds announced five additions to her staff today after being sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd governor.

“From the beginning, I’ve promised Iowans a seamless transition,” Reynolds said. “The professionals I’ve hired in the governor’s office are at the top of their games and will complement the expertise of current staff members. I am pleased that such a number of incredibly talented individuals have answered the call to serve our state this way.”

Jake Ketzner rejoins the governor’s office as chief of staff. He served as the Branstad-Reynolds campaign’s organization director in 2010, then transitioned to policy advisor in their administration. Ketzner managed the governor and lieutenant governor’s re-election campaign in 2014 before moving to legislative liaison. Most recently, he worked in the private sector. Ketzner, 31, moved to Clive at a young age. He has a political science degree from the University of Iowa.

Tim Albrecht rejoins the governor’s office as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor. He served as the Branstad-Reynolds communications director from 2009-13. Last year, he launched Albrecht Public Relations and co-founded bipartisan polling firm RABA Research. Albrecht, 39, is an Ida Grove native. He has a public relations degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Ryan Koopmans joins the governor’s office as chief policy advisor and senior legal counsel. Most recently, he was a shareholder at Nyemaster Goode P.C., Iowa’s largest law firm. There, he argued several cases before the Iowa Supreme Court. Koopmans, 35, is an Ireton native. He has a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and an economics degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Catherine Huggins rejoins the governor’s office as chief advisor. She will also lead special projects. Huggins served as Lt. Gov. Reynolds’ …read more

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Reaction Round-up to Iowa’s Gubernatorial Succession

By Shane Vander Hart

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady administers the oath of office to Governor Kim Reynolds

Below is a round-up of reaction from Republican and conservative elected officials and leadership over Terry Branstad’s resignation as Governor of Iowa to be sworn in as Ambassador to China, as well as, Kim Reynolds being sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd and first female Governor.

Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement:

I’d like to thank Governor Branstad for his decades of public service to the people of Iowa and congratulate him on his appointment as Ambassador to China. The future of our state is on a bright path thanks in part to the hard work and dedication of Terry Branstad. The people of Iowa are thankful for all that he has done as we look forward to his next endeavor working for all Americans.

While Iowans are losing a tenacious champion for our state, we’re getting someone that’s equal in Terry Branstad’s passion and enthusiasm with Kim Reynolds.

Kim Reynolds has the knowledge and experience to take on the role of Governor and move Iowa forward. Few rival her passion and dedication to improve our state and the people of Iowa’s lives.

Congratulations to Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds. I look forward to working with her next session to make Iowa a great place to raise a family or grow a business.

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) released the following statement:

The position of U.S. Ambassador to China is one of the most important ambassadorial positions in the world, and I am pleased to see Iowa’s longest serving governor and my friend, Terry Branstad, confirmed for this position. As evidenced by his confirmation hearing, Governor Branstad knows China and its leaders well and will not only work tirelessly to advance our trade and …read more

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Kim Reynolds Becomes Iowa’s First Female Governor

By Shane Vander Hart

(Des Moines, IA) Upon Governor Terry Branstad’s resignation as Governor of Iowa Wednesday morning, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds took the oath of office at 10:06 am as Iowa’s 43rd Governor and the state’s first female governor. Below is the transcript of her first remarks as Governor, as prepared for delivery:

Mr. Ambassador and Mrs. Branstad, Mr. Chief Justice, justices and judges, Majority Leader Dix, Speaker Upmeyer, legislative leaders, legislators, elected officials, family, friends and fellow Iowans. I’m incredibly honored to stand before you today as your governor.

Ambassador Branstad and Mrs. Branstad, thank you for your unselfish and historic service to this great state. There are really no words to describe the honor I’ve had serving with you these past six years.

But, Mr. Ambassador – if you will indulge me for a moment – I’d like to try. First, thanks for having the confidence in me to serve as your Lt. Governor. Every step of the way you’ve inspired me, challenged me, believed in me – sometimes more than I believed in myself.

You’re more than a mentor. You’re a friend and someone I look to for advice. Your competitive nature is contagious: 99 counties, Governor’s Steer Show, Iowa leadership in the country and around the world.

I’ve watched you time and time again do the right thing regardless of politics or unbelievable pressure. If I can achieve but a fraction of the success you’ve achieved over the past 22 years, I will consider it the greatest accomplishment of my professional life. We worked hard, had fun, and we made a difference.

While I have some pretty tough shoes to fill, I’m excited to step into my heels on behalf of the people of Iowa and work hard every single day.

While today marks the closing of an important era for Iowa, it also is …read more

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NJ revokes license of teacher who took bereavement for Whitney Houston death

By Victor Skinner PATERSON, N.J. – A New Jersey teacher who allowed his students to watch pornography in class has lost his teaching certificate, six years after the alleged incident occurred. The New Jersey Board of Examiners decided Paterson Public Schools teacher Robert Carter deserves a “severe penalty” for numerous allegations of misconduct dating back to 2009 and […] …read more

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Canton, OH schools: Really bad grades from the state, pretty good money for educators

By Steve Gunn The Canton, Ohio school district is obviously not performing well, based on Ohio state academic standards. But the district’s superintendent and its teachers make pretty good money, despite the dismal performance. On the Ohio school district’s 2015-16 report card, Canton was given an F for student achievement, a D for progress, an F for gap […] …read more

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Kansas lawmakers tweak tax plan, mull school aid proposal

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DeVos to review rejected college prep grants applications

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How Would Trump's School Choice Innovation Research Grants Work? - Inside School Research - Education Week

Depending on how you look at it, the $100 million Education Innovation and Research grant program would either get more than triple the funding under the White House’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget … or flat funding … or maybe a small cut. …read more

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Trump Spending Plan Triggers Many Negative Reactions From K-12 World - Politics K-12 - Education Week

Many responses to the fiscal 2018 budget proposal focused on plans to cut 13 percent of the Education Department’s budget, eliminate or reduce programs, and increase funding for school choice. …read more

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