Category Archives: Iowa City Schools

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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Does an Iowa School Property Tax Rate = School Property Taxes? No.

In Iowa, school property taxes do not equal the school tax rate, the latter of which is just one input in calculating school property taxes. Equating a comparably low school tax rate to low school property taxes is an interesting … Continue reading

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School Property Taxes: What Do We Really Pay?

School Taxes, such as those levied by the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), are a big percentage of property taxes. So what percent of one’s total property taxes are paid to ICCSD?  The ICCSD board president has stated that … Continue reading

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ICCSD’s General Obligation Bond Myth

The following rumor about Iowa City Community School District’s proposed upcoming general obligation bond vote is simply false. Myth:  If voters in the Iowa City Community School District pass a general obligation bond this fall, it will restore and save … Continue reading

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New Guidance from ED about the “Rights of Students with Disabilities” and “Restraint and Seclusion” in Public Schools

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released the following documents to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities and how the use of restraint or seclusion … Continue reading

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ICCSD’s Isolation Boxes

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) does many things well; however, the Iowa Department of Education Accreditation Final Report Iowa City School District  (Report), an audit of ICCSD’s provision of special education services, highlighted the need for improvement, including … Continue reading

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