Fayette, Iowa (February 14, 2007) – Tuesday’s snowy, blustery weather did not deter a group of politically-minded Upper Iowa University students from traveling to the State Capitol to meet their legislators. Twelve students from the Fayette and Des Moines campuses were in attendance.
Topics currently under discussion in the legislature that could affect UIU students as well as college students across the state include the percentage of increase for the Iowa Tuition Grant; increased funding for state-funded work study programs, and the Iowa Teacher Shortage Forgivable Loan program.
Jon Johnson, an education major, was particularly interested in talking to his legislator about the salaries of teachers in Iowa. Johnson is from Rock Rapids and because of the proximity of his hometown to the Minnesota border, he questions the incentive to stay in Iowa to teach when he can cross the border to Minnesota and make about $10,000 more a year.
Upon arrival, the students were greeted by Rep. Andrew Wenthe and given a tour of the Capitol Building. Notes were given to their respective legislators, who then came out to greet their constituents and take questions. All but two students in attendance were Iowa residents and were able to meet and talk with their representatives.
In addition, UIU senior Jodi Grover, who currently serves as Senator Brian Schoenjahn’s assistant on the Senate floor, introduced the senator to the group. Sen. Schoenjahn took the time to take a photo with the group and talk to them about issues up for debate this session. Students also sat in on several Senate debates Tuesday, one of which had to do with a school bullying policy.
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