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===School board composition===
===School board composition===
School board members are elected by residents of the school district. School boards in Iowa are generally composed of five or seven members elected to four-year terms.<ref>[http://cattcenter.las.iastate.edu/wp-content/uploads/Women-and-the-2013-Iowa-School-Board-Elections.pdf ''Iowa State University,'' "Women and the 2013 Iowa School Board Elections," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref> Elections are
School board members are elected by residents of the school district. School boards in Iowa are generally composed of five or seven members elected to four-year terms.<ref>[http://cattcenter.las.iastate.edu/wp-content/uploads/Women-and-the-2013-Iowa-School-Board-Elections.pdf ''Iowa State University,'' "Women and the 2013 Iowa School Board Elections," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref> Elections are held in September of odd-numbered years.
Revision as of 07:39, 14 July 2014
|K-12 Education in Iowa|
|State Superintendent: Brad Buck|
|Number of students: 495,870|
|Number of teachers: 34,658|
|Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:14.3|
|Number of school districts: 361|
|Number of schools: 1,411|
|Graduation rate: 89%|
|Per-pupil spending: $9,807|
|Iowa Department of Education • List of school districts in Iowa • Iowa • School boards portal|
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Public education in Iowa
Glossary of education terms
- 1 Quick facts
- 2 In the news
- 3 State law
- 4 School board elections
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Iowa is home to 1,411 schools and 495,870 K-12 students.
State school administrators
- State Board of Education
- Charles C. Edwards, Jr., President
- Michael Knedler, Vice President
- Brooke Axiotis
- Michael Bearden
- Diane Crookham-Johnson
- Angela English
- Rosie Hussey
- William "Mike" May
- Mary Ellen Miller
The following table displays the state's top eight school districts by total student enrollment.
The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Iowa as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.
|Demographic Information for Iowa's K-12 Public School System|
|Ethnicity||Students||State Percentage||United States Percentage**|
|Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students||759||0.15%||0.42%|
|Two or More||13,035||2.64%||2.57%|
|**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.|
In the news
School district consolidation
As a result of diminishing rural populations and the expiration of a state provision that allows districts with declining enrollment to receive some of the budget's losses, 14 Iowa school districts will be consolidated into seven as of July 2014. The provision these districts had been allowed, called the budget guarantee, had provided some low-enrollment districts with local property tax revenue in order to boost their spending authority. One out of four young Iowans are enrolled in districts that serve fewer than 1,000 students. According to Jeff Berger, Iowa Department of Education deputy director, more consolidations might be in Iowa's future, saying, "when you're losing students, you're losing money; and coupled with that, all costs continue to rise." Iowa code requires newly formed districts to enroll at least 300 students.
School board composition
School board members are elected by residents of the school district. School boards in Iowa are generally composed of five or seven members elected to four-year terms. Elections are held on the second Tuesday in September of odd-numbered years.
School districts in Iowa are split into three categories: community school districts, consolidated school districts and independent school districts. The terms "school district" and "school corporation" are used interchangeably in the Iowa statutes.
Iowa does not impose statewide term limits on school board members.
School board elections
- See also: Iowa school board elections, 2014
No top enrollment districts in Iowa are scheduled to hold elections in 2014.
Path to the ballot
To become a school board candidate in Iowa, a person must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the school district and eligible to be registered to vote may become a candidate for the school board.
- School board elections portal
- United States school districts
- List of school districts in Iowa
- Iowa Department of Education
- Public education in Iowa
- Iowa Secretary of State
- Iowa Department of Education
- Iowa Association of School Boards
- Iowa State Education Association
- National Center for Education Statistics school district search tool
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
- ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
- United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 15, 2013
- United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
- Press Citizen, "More merging Iowa school districts on the horizon," June 11, 2014
- Iowa State University, "Women and the 2013 Iowa School Board Elections," accessed July 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Iowa," accessed July 11, 2014
- Electronic School, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 9, 2014
- Iowa Association of School Boards, "School Board Elections - Frequently Asked Questions," accessed July 11, 2014
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