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Urban Education Network of Iowa

The UEN is a coalition comprised of the state’s eight largest public school districts, with Associate Member support of other large school districts with urban characteristics. Combined, these 18 districts enroll nearly 40% of public education students in Iowa. UEN and Associate Member districts share distinct and unique characteristics with one common purpose; student learning for all students. In the belief that education is the state’s highest priority, the UEN is committed to partnering with the General Assembly and the Governor in a cooperative effort to provide an efficient and world class system of public education.
 


UEN Calls to Action:


1/31/2017 - School Funding Adequacy and Timing
1/13/2017 - Assessment
 

Sample Parent Letters:
  On Funding: pdf version - doc version

  On Formula Equality and Transportation Equity: pdf version - doc version


 

Education Coalition Publications


UEN Archived Calls to Action

 


 

Legislative Action:


End of Session Information:
Legislative Digest

HF 215 Education Reform and Funding Law:
 UEN Key Messages June 3, 2013


Governor's Budget Recommendation:

2017 UEN Analysis of Governor's Budget Recommendation

Archived Budget Analysis

 

Legislative Updates:

Updates During the Legislative Session


Collective Bargaining Bill Summary
:
HF 291 Collective Bargaining and Teacher Termination:
Summary and Itemized Detail - March 10, 2017



UEN Positions on Legislation:
February 13, 2017


 

 

Hot Topics:


Archived Hot Topics
 

 


 

 

UEN Testimony:

March 6, 2017 UEN Testimony to House Ways and Means Subcommittee HF 230, State Penny Extension
August 9, 2016 UEN Comments Regarding Notice of Intended Emergency Rules to Implement New Individual Career and Academic Plan
March 8, 2016 UEN Statement to Press Conference on Water Quality Check-off Alternative
February 5, 2016 UEN Testimony to the Administrative Rules Review Committee re: Summer School Criteria Rules


UEN Archived Testimony
 


 

Legislative Information:
 

Legislative Issue Briefs:

The legislative issue briefs explains why these issues are important to school districts and gives a suggested action that the UEN encourages the Governor and Legislature to enact. Click on a link below for the individual brief.
 

Assessment 2017
English Language Learner 2017
Formula Equality 2017
Funding Adequacy 2017
Home Rule 2017
Mental Health 2017
Preschool 2017
State Penny Extension 2017


Archived Issue Briefs

 



 

UEN Annual Meeting Presentations by
Larry Sigel and Margaret Buckton
:

   
UEN Legislative Luncheon Power Point (State Budget, Economy and Legislative Issues)
 
Archived Presentations

 


 


Legislative Positions:

UEN Legislative Priorities

Helpful Links:
 

AASA Legislative Action Center ISEA Initiatives
AASA Policy & Advocacy ISEA Legislative Action Center
IASB Legislative Page NSBA Advocacy & Legislation
Iowa PTA Legislative SAI Legislative News
Iowa PTA Legislative Platform SAI Legislative Priorities
       

 


 

How to Advocate:


Legislature 101 Refresher Course -


Get the basics with these Legislative Information Office publications:


Guide to the Iowa General Assembly
   - A guide detailing all aspects of the Iowa General Assembly.
How a Bill Becomes a Law

   - Explains the process a bill goes through from introduction
     to enactment.

Participation in Making Iowa Laws

   - Details how citizens can influence lawmaking by contacting their
      elected officials.
Legislative Terminology

 

Here are some links to federal government info online:

www.firstgov.gov - The US Government's official web portal
thomas.loc.gov - Online source for info about the US Congress
www.opencrs.com - Congressional Research Reports available to the public!
 

 


 

Contacts:


  Names and email addresses of the state Legislators:
   
Senate
   
House


 
Names and email addresses of the Congressional delegation:

   Find Your Legislator
 

  Names and email addresses of the Legislative Leaders:
  
(House Speaker, Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Ed Chair, and Ranking Member)

   (Senate Majority Leader, President, Minority Leader, Ed Chair, and Ranking Member)

   Legislative Leaders

 

  Committee links:
  Click here for links to House and Senate Committee assignments. Committees with the greatest impact on schools include Education, Local Government, Ways and Means, Appropriations and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

  

  Governor's Office
  Dr. Ryan Wise, DE Director

  State Board of Education
  School Budget Review Committee

  Iowa Legislative Contacts
 

  Dr. Lew Finch, UEN Executive Director          

   lfinch@mchsi.com
   319.329.0547 Cell   

 

  Margaret Buckton, Legislative Analyst
   margaret.m.buckton@gmail.com

   515.201.3755 Cell 

  

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