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Iowa’s future will need more skilled workers

By Senator Kevin Kinney | Aug 24, 2017

Iowa continues to lead the nation with a high school graduation rate that has increased five years in a row. More than 91 percent of students in Iowa’s Class of 2016 graduated within four years.

This is good news that we can build upon by ensuring all Iowa high school graduates have the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and job training.

After all, our students are our future workers, innovators, business owners and community leaders.

We must always be looking to improve Iowa education in ways that benefit our students and strengthen our economy. Businesses consistently report that Iowa’s shortage of skilled workers holds us back.

We can lay the groundwork by investing first and foremost in our students, teachers and schools. This includes:

· Making sure kids can get into preschool if their families want them to participate.

· Ensuring all students get the same amount for their studies—regardless of where they go to school—by paying for school transportation costs separately from education.

· Helping students learn to read in a timely way so that they continue to succeed in school and in life.

· Improving civic education so that more young people are encouraged to become active, responsible citizens.

· Preparing students to fill jobs in the most in-demand fields, including health care and manufacturing, by expanding access to STEM education.

We can continue to lead when it comes to keeping our kids in school and graduating on time. But let’s also ensure they’re getting the best-possible preparation to take on the challenges and opportunities that await them.

This is a legislative update from State Senator Kevin Kinney, representing Keokuk, Washington and Johnson counties.

For bio, photos and further information, go to www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/kinney.

To contact Senator Kinney when the Legislature is in session, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371.

Otherwise, he can be reached at 319-631-4667. E-mail him at kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov.

Senator Kinney is ranking member on the Agriculture Committee.

He also serves on the Ethics, Judiciary and Natural Resources committees, as well as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget.

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