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.

Financial literacy leads to personal success

Financial literacy is an essential skill for success in today’s every-changing, global economy.

A new financial literacy program released this week is designed to teach Iowa students about personal finance. By learning the basics—budgeting, saving, wise use of credit cards and smart borrowing—early on, students will be better positioned for life-long financial success.

The online Iowa Financial Literacy Program at is free to Iowa high schools thanks to a federal grant and a public-private partnership between the College Student Aid Commission and other organizations.

The program is a great capstone to a comprehensive K-12 program in financial literacy that is part of the Iowa Core Curriculum. It helps students create career plans in eighth grade, which they can improve upon throughout high school.

In 2008, the Legislature approved a career and educational planning process called the 8th Grade Plan. Iowa schools work with students to create an electronic portfolio of career and educational goals that can be revised as they mature and learn more about themselves, their interests and their abilities.

Learn more about financial literacy and college and career planning at the Iowa College Aid Web site,


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