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Urban Education Network of Iowa

The UEN is a coalition comprised of the state’s eight largest public school districts, with Associate Member support of other large school districts with urban characteristics. Combined, these 18 districts enroll nearly 40% of public education students in Iowa. UEN and Associate Member districts share distinct and unique characteristics with one common purpose; student learning for all students. In the belief that education is the state’s highest priority, the UEN is committed to partnering with the General Assembly and the Governor in a cooperative effort to provide an efficient and world class system of public education.


Letter to Governor Reynolds re: SAVE extension priority

Letter to Mr. Hubbell re: SAVE extension priority


End of Session Information:

2018 Legislative Digest


End of Session Archives

UEN Calls to Action:

3/23/2018 - School Choice in the Senate
3/01/2018 - Senate Tax Package
3/01/2018 - Updated State Assessments
2/24/2018 - State Assessments
2/9/2018 - Private School Vouchers/Charter Schools Bill Introduced


Sample Parent Letters:
  On Funding: pdf version - doc version

  On Formula Equality and Transportation Equity: pdf version - doc version


Education Coalition Publications

UEN Archived Calls to Action



Legislative Action:

Governor's Budget Recommendation:

Summary of FY 2018 and FY 2019 Budget and Governor's Recommendations by the Legislative Services Agency

Archived Budget Analysis


Legislative Updates:

Updates During the Legislative Session

Collective Bargaining Bill Summary
HF 291 Collective Bargaining and Teacher Termination:
Summary and Itemized Detail - March 10, 2017

UEN Positions on Legislation:
February 13, 2017



Hot Topics:

Archived Hot Topics




UEN Testimony:

January 19, 2018 UEN Testimony in Opposition to SF 270 Diversity Plans and Open Enrollment
March 6, 2017 UEN Testimony to House Ways and Means Subcommittee HF 230, State Penny Extension
August 9, 2016 UEN Comments Regarding Notice of Intended Emergency Rules to Implement New Individual Career and Academic Plan
March 8, 2016 UEN Statement to Press Conference on Water Quality Check-off Alternative
February 5, 2016 UEN Testimony to the Administrative Rules Review Committee re: Summer School Criteria Rules

UEN Archived Testimony


Legislative Information:

2018 Legislative Issue Briefs:

The legislative issue briefs explains why these issues are important to school districts and gives a suggested action that the UEN encourages the Governor and Legislature to enact. Click on a link below for the individual brief.

School Choice
Childhood Poverty/At Risk Students & School Funding
English Language Learner Supports
Formula Equality: State & District Cost Per Pupil
Funding Adequacy State Percent of Growth
Quality Preschool For All Students
Extend The State Penny For School Infrastructure
Student Mental Health Services

Archived Issue Briefs



UEN Annual Meeting Presentations by
Larry Sigel and Margaret Buckton

2017 UEN Legislative Luncheon Power Point (UEN Legislative Priorities and Advocacy Resources)
Archived Presentations



Legislative Positions:

UEN Legislative Priorities

Helpful Links:

AASA Legislative Action Center ISEA Initiatives
AASA Policy & Advocacy ISEA Legislative Action Center
IASB Legislative Page NSBA Advocacy & Legislation
Iowa PTA Legislative SAI Legislative News
Iowa PTA Legislative Platform SAI Legislative Priorities



How to Advocate:

Legislature 101 Refresher Course -

Get the basics with these Legislative Information Office publications:

Guide to the Iowa General Assembly
   - A guide detailing all aspects of the Iowa General Assembly.
How a Bill Becomes a Law

   - Explains the process a bill goes through from introduction
     to enactment.

Participation in Making Iowa Laws

   - Details how citizens can influence lawmaking by contacting their
      elected officials.
Legislative Terminology


Here are some links to federal government info online:

www.firstgov.gov - The US Government's official web portal
thomas.loc.gov - Online source for info about the US Congress
www.opencrs.com - Congressional Research Reports available to the public!




  Names and email addresses of the state Legislators:

Names and email addresses of the Congressional delegation:

   Find Your Legislator

  Names and email addresses of the Legislative Leaders:
(House Speaker, Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Ed Chair, and Ranking Member)

   (Senate Majority Leader, President, Minority Leader, Ed Chair, and Ranking Member)

   Legislative Leaders


  Committee links:
  Click here for links to House and Senate Committee assignments. Committees with the greatest impact on schools include Education, Local Government, Ways and Means, Appropriations and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee.


  Governor's Office
  Dr. Ryan Wise, DE Director

  State Board of Education
  School Budget Review Committee

  Iowa Legislative Contacts

  Dr. Lew Finch, UEN Executive Director          

   319.329.0547 Cell   


  Margaret Buckton, Legislative Analyst

   515.201.3755 Cell 


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