It was a big local news week
...your Sunday Roundup
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Vouchers, vouchers, vouchers. The Iowa Legislature is on the verge of passing legislation that will have far-reaching consequences in every corner of the state. Six of our columnists weigh in on the hottest issue in the state. What will happen to Iowa’s existing public schools?
Today, our columnists introduce you to a Civil Rights leader in Waterloo, explosive beets (gotta read it), building community, a Chinook helicopter ride over Red Rock, transitioning a family farm, Iowa’s congressional delegation’s committee assignments, and a possible baseball game in Cuba. We have poetry, a couple of inspirational columns, and a surprise message by an NFL player. Toward the end of the roundup, find a serving of humor from Fern, Joe, and Richard.
Enjoy your Sunday with the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative.
We will start today’s roundup with Cheryl Tevis’s column from Pilot Mound. She offers her thoughts on the latest voucher bill based on her experience as a former school board member, a parent, and an educator:
I've been alarmed over the past 13 years to see deliberate efforts by the Iowa legislature to underfund public schools and withhold adequate resources. In her new 501(c)(4)-funded TV commercial, the Governor brags about how the state's public school funding has increased by almost one billion in the past ten years. Yet the annual percentage increases in Supplemental State Aid have averaged a miserly 2% -- well below the rising costs of inflation.
Who is behind the barrage of ads???
Our watchdog keeps on top of what’s going on in the legislature as best as anyone can.
Julie holds regular Zoom sessions on most Mondays for those who subscribe to her column. Previously, she limited participation to those who were paid as a way to thank them for supporting scholarships to the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat. Last Monday, she had Iowa Writers’ Collaborative columnists Laura Belin and Ed Tibbets on the call to talk about the Legislature. Listen to the conversation:
Veteran political reporter Ed Tibbetts weighs in on the voucher proposal:
Not everyone wrote about the Iowa Legislature this week. Our man in Waterloo celebrates a civil rights icon.
SUZANNA DE BACA
Our own Iowa Boy is cooking up quite a project.
For a dash of roundup humor, don’t miss FERN AND JOE, and SH*T RICHARD SAYS:
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Beth Hoffman: In the Dirt, Lovilla
Dana James: New Black Iowa, Des Moines
Pat Kinney: View from Cedar Valley, Waterloo
Fern Kupfer: Fern and Joe, Ames
Robert Leonard: Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture, Bussey
Tar Macias: Hola Iowa, Iowa
Kurt Meyer, Showing Up, St. Ansgar
Kyle Munson, Kyle Munson’s Main Street, Des Moines
Jane Nguyen, The Asian Iowan, West Des Moines
John Naughton: My Life, in Color, Des Moines
Chuck Offenburger: Iowa Boy Chuck Offenburger, Jefferson and Des Moines
Barry Piatt: Piatt on Politics: Behind the Curtain, Washington, D.C.
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Buggy Land, Kalona
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