Category Archives: Iowa City

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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Iowa City’s Gateway Project and its Growing Impact on Property Taxes

Iowa City’s Gateway Project cost estimate has escalated astronomically since 2009. The estimate for fiscal year 2011 was $32,940,000 and this year is $59,433,731. A quick glance at the picture below shows that Iowa City will spend far more than it will receive in federal grants to raise Dubuque Street … Continue reading

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Lots of Kids Left Behind–Especially the Talented Ones

Were there really no “Talented and Gifted” (TAG) seventh grade students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) during the 2014-2015 school year? The surprising answer would seem to be yes according to data found at the link below from the Iowa Department of Education, which shows the … Continue reading

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Military Exchange License to Teach in Iowa–Could a similar program increase the number of minority teachers in Iowa?

Almost a year ago, Iowa’s Governor Brandstad announced the creation of a Military Exchange License “to eliminate licensing barriers for qualified veterans and military spouses who want to teach in Iowa” and also noted that “[a]bout 70 percent of out-of-state … Continue reading

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Iowa City Community School District Looking For Feedback About Birthday Celebrations

Do you have feedback about birthday celebrations in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD)? According to the most recently posted District Parent Organization (DPO) minutes dated November 5, 2014, the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) wants to hear … Continue reading

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Christmas Could Come Early for Iowa City Developer

Christmas could come early for an Iowa City developer if its request to use tax increment financing (TIF) to subsidize young affluent professionals who make up to 120% of the area median income to live in a swanky new 96 … Continue reading

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ICCSD Junior High Mathematics Curriculum Change

The November 11, 2014, Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board agenda states that ICCSD plans to eliminate Math 7A, a junior high mathematics course, starting in the fall of 2015.1 Students who previously took Math 7A would instead be … Continue reading

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