Category Archives: Iowa City Schools

Who gets access to the kids’ information? InnovateEDU Inc./Project Unicorn’s Pledges are Overly Vague–Did Your School Commit?

The big unknown question is who or what exactly will have access to children’s information that InnovateEDU Inc./Project Unicorn is collecting as part of its (or maybe its funders’?) data interoperability project? Schools are not legally required to share children’s information … Continue reading

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Project Unicorn Reminds Me of inBloom #studentprivacy

Staring at a school provided screen, often smaller than the one many adults work on, a 21st Century school child works as a research subject for outside companies, sharing information and producing data that these companies will then mine and … Continue reading

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What will ICCSD’s School Bond Cost Me? More than you might think.

$1.95033 per thousand of assessed property valuation is the projected debt service levy (tax) for the $191.525 million school bond if it passes, for the year 2018-2019 as shown as  in Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s)  “2017-2018 Certified Budget” … Continue reading

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Why the school property tax rate by itself is a poor measure of school taxes overall

The assessed value of a property makes a difference when it comes to calculating and paying property taxes. In the Iowa City area, the assessed value of properties overall generally grows. If you were to sell your home, this increase … Continue reading

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2017 ICCSD General Obligation Bond Frequently Asked Questions aka FAQs

Question :  What do Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters vote on during the September 12th election? A. Bond Ballot Referendum Language; B. Facilities Master Plan (FMP) of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD); or C. Specific projects … Continue reading

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School Bonds & the Cost of a Cup of Coffee

In what must be a truly amazing coincidence (or merely a good marketing scheme), a number of school bonds are marketed as only the cost of a cup of coffee. One might almost think there is a school bond playbook … Continue reading

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Prospecting for School Districts with Debt Capacity

As Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s) stakeholders watch to determine whether its bond ballot referendum for $191.525 million (plus interest) will pass or fail on September 12th, there is an interesting discussion in some of the comments sections of … Continue reading

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