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.

World Food Prize opportunity for teachers, students

High schools across Iowa are invited to send one teacher and one student to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute. The event takes place October 13-15 and provides a chance to meet with world-renowned scientists, business people and global leaders.
Students must write an essay on this year‘s theme, The Millennium Goals: Agriculture to Trade. Participating students are also eligible to apply for an eight-week, all-expense-paid international summer internship.

Registration is open on a first-come-first-served basis through September 1. Details are available at


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