Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Commitment to student achievement pays off

from the Gronstal Report 12/3/2008

Iowa students are doing better now than five years ago in several academic categories, according to the latest “Condition on Education in Iowa” report.

The annual report looks at our state’s progress in student achievement and other measures of school success.

In reading, Iowa students have made great strides. Iowa’s fourth-, eighth- and 11th-graders have all improved their reading scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and the Iowa Tests of Educational Development.

Here are some other highlights from the report:

* Iowa’s public school graduation rate for 2007 was 90.5 percent.

* Iowa's average ACT score in 2008 increased to 22.4.

* The percentage of Iowa school districts offering preschool increased to 76.6 percent last year.

* 80.5 percent of Iowa students enrolled in foreign language courses, 59.4 percent studied chemistry, and 37.1 percent took higher level math.

We are making progress, but there is still much to be done. For example, fourth- and eighth-grade proficiency in math has increased over the last five years, but 11th-grade scores have declined slightly.

To prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow, we must maintain a world-class education system here in Iowa. I’m proud of the Legislature’s bipartisan record of investing in our schools, and I plan to keep the focus on improving student achievement, increasing teacher quality, reducing class sizes, and making higher education affordable.

To review the full report on the “Condition on Education in Iowa,” go to

Opportunity to teach in Taiwan

Iowa elementary teachers looking to challenge themselves through a cross-cultural experience can now teach in Taiwan for a year, thanks to a new program through the Iowa Department of Education. Participants will work with local Taiwanese teachers to develop curriculum and teach English to elementary students.

For more information and an application, call Brianne Munoz at 515-725-2067, e-mail her at, or go to and search for “Teaching in Taiwan.”


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