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The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

The independent newspaper of the University of Iowa community since 1868

The Daily Iowan

Iowa City high school students and attendees of a three-day solidarity event gather at the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Friday, May 3, 2024. High school students protested for the whole day on Friday and walked to the Pentacrest with a banner that reads The Peoples High School for Palestine. The pro-Palestine protest merged with another one on the Pentacrest.

Iowa City high school students lead day-long pro-Palestine protest

Emma Jane, News Reporter May 3, 2024

In response to a surge in national collegiate activism, about two dozen Iowa City High School students participated in a walkout and all-day protest on the lawn of the school, followed by a march to...

Iowa City Community School District Board member Lisa Williams, President Ruthina Malone, and Vice-President J.P. Claussen as seen at the Educational Services Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

Iowa City schools lose $1.3 million due to private school vouchers

Grace Olson, News Reporter April 25, 2024

After facing a needed $3.75 million budget reduction that led to the closure of Hills Elementary, the Iowa City Community School District also saw millions in losses from private school vouchers this...

Iowa City Community School’s Superintendent Matt Degner during a school board meeting in the District’s Educational Services Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

Hills Elementary students to move to Alexander Elementary School after closure

Grace Olson, News Reporter April 23, 2024

Iowa City Community School District teachers are working behind the scenes to transition Hills Elementary School students to Alexander Elementary School by this fall following the school’s closure.  Starting...

Iowa City man arrested for shots fired incident near City High School

Iowa City man arrested for shots fired incident near City High School

Emma Jane, News Reporter April 23, 2024

An Iowa City man was arrested Tuesday for a shots fired incident that prompted City High School to go into a brief lockdown this November. Lawrence Russell, 39, was charged with one count of Dominion/Control...

The Johnson County Historic Poor Farm is seen in Iowa City on Thursday, April 18, 2024. The site will now be an annual field trip stop for ICCSD sixth graders.

Iowa City schools partner with Historic Poor Farm to teach students about agriculture

Grace Olson, News Reporter April 18, 2024

Students in the Iowa City Community School District will be immersed in experiential learning about agriculture and the environment through a partnership with the nonprofit Grow: Johnson County this...

Iowa City High School is seen on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Iowa City High receives social media threat

Evan Watson, News Reporter April 5, 2024

A threat was directed toward the Iowa City High School through a social media post on Friday morning. At 6:12 a.m., Iowa City High Principal John Bacon sent an email obtained by The Daily Iowan...

Spectators converse during an Iowa City Community School District school board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024.

Iowa City school board votes to close Hills Elementary to save $1.6 million

Grace Olson, News Reporter March 26, 2024

The Iowa City Community School District board of directors unanimously voted Tuesday night to shutter the doors of Hills Elementary School in the fall to save over a million in budget cuts. Over...

Spectators converse during an Iowa City Community School District school board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024.

Iowa City school board to vote on Hills Elementary closure at Tuesday meeting

Grace Olson, News Reporter March 25, 2024

The Iowa City Community School District board of directors will vote on whether to close Hills Elementary School due to constrained budget costs at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Iowa City schools...

The Iowa City Community School District sign is seen in Iowa City on Monday, March 4, 2024.

Iowa City schools to expand preschool to all elementaries for 2024-25 school year

Grace Olson, News Reporter March 4, 2024

Starting this fall, all Iowa City Community School District elementary schools will offer some form of preschool in all 21 of its buildings, where it was previously only offered in 17 buildings.  The...

Spectators converse during an Iowa City Community School District school board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024.

Parents, students against potential closure of Iowa City schools’ Hills Elementary

Grace Olson, News Reporter February 28, 2024

After receiving a message about the potential closure of Hills Elementary School from the school’s principal Reagan Boeset on Monday, students, teachers, parents, and residents flocked to the Iowa...

The Iowa City Community School District sign in Iowa City is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.

Iowa City schools to transition from junior high to middle school model

Grace Olson, News Reporter February 21, 2024

The Iowa City Community School District is transitioning its junior high model to a middle school model by adding sixth graders to South East, Northwest, and North Central schools for the 2024-25 school...

Iowa City Community School’s Superintendent Matt Degner during a school board meeting in the District’s Educational Services Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024.

Iowa City schools add five virtual learning days to academic calendar

Alejandro Rojas, News Editor February 15, 2024

Iowa City Community School District school board members approved five days of virtual learning Tuesday night, but cautioned the virtual days would be a “last resort.” The board approved the...

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