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BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 21, 2014 5:00 AM

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Branstad-Reynolds lead on education

For the first time since 1975, Iowa resident undergraduate students had their tuition frozen in the 2013-14 school year thanks in large part to the bipartisan leadership by Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. Branstad has further indicated that he is optimistic about implementing a historic second-consecutive tuition freeze this legislative session.

Continuing to improve Iowa’s education system and making education affordable for all students has been of high importance for the Branstad-Reynolds administration. In June 2013, the governor signed into law the largest investment in our state’s schools ever that holds schools responsible with educational assessment standards that focus on continued growth in student achievement.

Furthermore, the governor and lieutenant governor continue to offer innovative ideas which have enabled Iowans to gain the necessary skills to compete in an ever-changing and competitive 21st century global economy. With the cooperation of more than 6,500 Iowa businesses, the Skilled Iowa Initiative, launched in the summer of 2012, has provided more than 27,000 Iowans the opportunity to gain on-the-job skills training. By assisting Iowans in developing critical skills, especially in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, the Iowa workforce continues to become more competitive, helping to create a stronger job market for Iowa students to enter into following graduation.

The leadership and innovative ideas offered by the Branstad-Reynolds administration have revitalized our state’s economy and have resulted in the creation of 130,000 jobs since taking office again in 2011. Branstad and Reynolds have led in the effort of making our state’s education system among the most competitive nationally and have continued to put the needs of Iowa students ahead of partisan politics.

Thomas Noyce

Sally Mason’s response to the most recent sexual assault is about as realistic about her comments on student drinking.

In her comments published Tuesday, she states: Although she knows that sexual assaults happen, she wants students to stay educated to be more “proactive” during these incidents. During? What does she recommend the victim do if someone stronger is attacking? Ask him to please stop?

What proactive measures does she think this student attacked and raped by three males should employ during this particular assault? Tell them to stop so she can take their telephone numbers and email addresses?

Does she not realize that many victims are afraid to report because of the fear of retaliation, especially if they are raped by acquaintances?

She surely can do better than that for the assault victims, I hope but do not anticipate.

Mari Struxness


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