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Governor Reynolds announces grant opportunities for Iowa schools

This news story was published on January 22, 2019.
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Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that the Computer Science is Elementary project is taking a crucial next step by inviting eligible Iowa schools to apply between Jan. 22 and March 29 for $50,000 one-time planning grants.

“Tomorrow’s workforce is sitting in the classroom right now! Computer Science is Elementary builds on our efforts to expand STEM education across Iowa, including a $1 million fund to train our computer science teacher workforce,” said Gov. Reynolds. “With a societal digital transformation under way, computer science is a new basic skill students must have. I want to sincerely thank Westridge and the West Des Moines Community Schools for their commitment to STEM education.”

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education are partnering with business and industry on the project to transform six high-poverty elementary schools across Iowa into models of innovative computer science instruction. Six schools will be selected – one in each of the six STEM Council regions. This will offer their students opportunities to learn a new basic skill. The six also will serve as a statewide resource for teaching computer science in early grades, building on the work that’s already started in some elementary schools.

To be eligible, school districts and nonpublic school systems must have at least one elementary building with at least 40 percent of students taking free or reduced-price lunch. Stand-alone nonpublic schools may also apply.

A total of $350,000 has been raised to provide $50,000 one-time planning grants for each of the six schools. Loess Hills Computer Programming School in Sioux City, which is the inspiration for the Computer Science is Elementary project, also will receive $50,000 to serve as a project resource, including consulting related to curriculum development.

Many generous private-sector partners made this project possible including Collins Aerospace as the lead sponsor, Principal Financial Group, MidAmerican Energy, Kemin Industries, Microsoft, Google, ITC Midwest, Alliant Energy, Technology Association of Iowa, Verizon, Paragon IT, AT&T, School Administrators of Iowa, Workiva, Pella Rolscreen Foundation, Merchant Bonding, and Bankers Trust.

Awards will be announced by summer 2019 for implementation by the 2020-2021 school year.

For more information or to apply for the Computer Science is Elementary project, visit

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5 Responses to Governor Reynolds announces grant opportunities for Iowa schools

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    The best thing would be no school put all brats to work. Then we would not have to pay taxes for loser kids.

  2. Money Stolen by School Board Reply Report comment

    January 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    As soon as the money comes to Mason City, the school board will steal it and the money will be lost. Why doesn’t the f****** Globe allow us to comment online? Stop reading the garbage from Globe cause they are taking sides!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 23, 2019 at 8:44 am

      I agree about the Globe. It has turned into a total left wing rag that doesn’t even attempt to show both sides. How ever, it was the old school board that let the taxpayers down The new board is trying to fix it. Give them a chance.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      January 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm

      Globe has always sided with the school board and admin and only now piles on Micich because she is allegedly obviously no doubt 100% a sleazy thief who will hopefully go to jail for decades. So they pile on now that they don’t need her to carry their water anymore. Globe is poison, it should close down next week for good.

      • Just copy and paste it bud Reply Report comment

        January 24, 2019 at 12:50 am

        The Globe has major issues (as does Micich) but the phrase, “Micich because she is allegedly obviously no doubt 100% a sleazy thief.” Is proof of why you should stick to copy and pasting 95 percent of your stories. Or maybe you could show up and write a story about the biggest school board story in years?