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Iowa Week: Who got us here?

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Education in Iowa has been shaped throughout history by national movements, spending priorities and funding proposed by its governors. And while today criticism of the quality of education at Iowa's public schools runs high, school has become more accessible than ever.

On this Iowa Week edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with an education historian about the national forces that shaped education from the 1960s through today. She learns about the spending and education priorities of Iowa governors from Terry Branstad's first term through Gov. Kim Reynolds. And, she talks with an education consultant about where Iowa schools stand today.

This episode was originally produced in October 2022.


  • Chris Ogren, professor in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies and educational historian, University of Iowa
  • Margaret Buckton, partner at Iowa School Finance Information Services, executive director Urban Education Network, professional advocate for Rural Schools Advocates of Iowa
  • Jamie Vollmer, president of Jamie Vollmer, Inc. a public education advocacy firm
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