Great public schools help Iowa children fulfill their promise as our future leaders, problem-solvers, employees, and citizens. Explore our videos, stories and facts and learn how Iowa public schools are innovating to position students for success, to strengthen communities and support our economy.

The Promise of Iowa Campaign Launch Video

Learn about Iowa public schools today–student enrollment, public school employees, school funding and more.

Download the Public Schools Fact Sheet

LEARN MORE

ABOUT THE 

ISSUES

With a high school graduation rate that is #1 in the country, Iowa public schools continue to aim higher. Learn about why graduation matters, economic benefits, graduation rates in Iowa and more.

Download the Graduation Fact Sheet

Join us in keeping the promise for a new generation.

In this era of competing priorities and limited resources, we can’t afford to lose sight of these important goals. As locally elected citizens entrusted with public education, Iowa school boards are taking on the responsibility to tell the story and rally public support and understanding for continued efforts that ensure:

Sustained focus on improvement efforts to ensure all students are college and career ready. Iowa needs high standards for student learning, an aligned assessment, and a strong system to develop and retain qualified teachers and educators. A focus on early education and literacy will ensure students get a strong start. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) efforts align with future workforce needs. And we must ensure students with challenges receive extra support to succeed.

More flexibility and autonomy for local community schools. Even as we pursue statewide initiatives, every school district faces its own unique challenges and each community must set priorities and invest in areas that ensure student success. Our local schools need greater flexibility from burdensome regulations, allowing more innovation, efficiency and responsiveness to parent and community needs. Overly restrictive state and federal policy stifles success.

School funding is sufficient, equitable, timely, and sustainable. To keep our public schools strong, school funding policy needs work as well. We must ensure state and local improvement efforts are funded to implement them well; address inequities in how schools are funded; and ensure that state funding decisions are made in a timely, sustainable way that allows local school boards to plan responsibly.

It’s up to us to fulfill our promise for the next generation.

 

Our support for public schools matters.

It’s the difference maker for our future.

 

Get Involved

Our Promise Kids share their hopes and dreams to remind us we are shaping their future.

Special Education: Unlimited Potential–Meet Bai’Yu

Promise Kid: Bailey

Promise Kid: Denny

Promise Kid: Giselle

Promise Kid: Jesus

Promise Kid: Ben

Special Education: Unlimited Potential–Meet Miles

Promise Kid: Curtis

Promise Kid: Curtis

Promise Kid: Christopher

Promise Kid: Christopher

Promise Kid: Olivia

Promise Kid: Kenyatta

Promise Kid: Kenyatta

Promise Kid: Brenna

Promise Kid: Brenna

Promise Kid: Jacob

Promise Kid: Jacob

Promise Kid: Jayadev

Promise Kid: Jayadev

Promise Kid: Jetsebel

Promise Kid: Treyton

Promise Kid: Treyton

Promise Kid: Teisha

Promise Kid: Teisha

Promise Kid: Toby

Promise Kid: Toby