Tuesday, February 27, 2018

'Teacher Of The Year' weighs in on school shootings, and it goes viral

'Teacher Of The Year' weighs in on school shootings, and it goes viral: Kelly Guthrie Raley voiced her thoughts about what it will take to prevent another school shooting, the day after the Parkland school shooting. It struck a resounding nerve with many.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Special Meeting 2-22-18

Mission Statement
To create a positive learning environment that promotes high achievement, responsible citizenship, and success for all.

North Butler Community Schools
Special Board Meeting Thursday February 22, 2018, 5:00 PM
North Butler Elem Media Center, Allison

1.     Call to Order
2.     Review and Approve Agenda
3.     Staff level discussion
4.     Approve shop project to lowest responsible bidders
5.     Adjournment

Next Meeting March 12, 2018, 6:00 PM NB HS Media Center, Greene.

It’s Great to Be A Bearcat!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lobby for Public Schools

It's Crunch Time for Our Public Schools
HSB 651, the voucher bill, has a subcommittee meeting today, and it will likely be approved to be considered by the House Education Committeetomorrow. We need to do everything in our power to stop it in committee!

These six members of the committee (listed with the communities they serve) might be on the fence about vouchers because of the damage they would do to our public schools, the foundation of our economy.  

Dolecheck (Shenandoah, Clarinda, Benton, Mount Ayr)
Hager (Waukon, Postville, Strawberry Point, Guttenburg)
Hanusa (Council Bluffs)
Koester (Ankeny)
Mommsen (DeWitt, Camanche, Le Claire)
Moore (Atlantic, Creston)

If these are YOUR representatives, please
 1) email them using the talking points below, AND
 2) forward this email to your friends and neighbors to contact them also

If none of these are your legislator, please
 1) think of anyone you know in these communities and forward this message to them, and
 2) email your own representative using the talking points below

Talking Points, why we want this stopped: 

We have narrowed down to these three talking points that seem to be the most effective with our legislators. 

1)Taxpayer rules and transparency must follow the child. Public schools are funded by Iowa taxpayers, whether they have children attending school or not. We taxpayers have the right to expect those who choose to accept public funding follow the same rules and transparency required of public schools.

2) Iowa performs better than any state with ESAs. Governor Reynolds cited data with Iowa ranked 8th in the nation in education. The 6 states with ESAs rank between 21st and 49th. Why would we follow down a failed path? 

3) ESAs do not address rural Iowans concerns. More than 76,000 Iowa students have NO private school option in their county to even use an ESA. They can't afford to have tax dollars taken away from their community schools to fund choice in other areas. Most Iowans just want to improve their community schools and prepare their children to work in a world that looks less like the one in which they grew up.

We urge a you to vote no to HSB 651.

Thank you for your advocacy! Parent and community voices are critical in defending Iowa's legacy of strong public schools!