Education

As a public-school graduate and mom of two boys in West Des Moines public schools, Cindy knows that a quality K-12 education is crucial to success.

When Cindy and her husband were getting ready to put their oldest son in kindergarten, they learned there was a lottery system in West Des Moines that determined which children could attend full-day kindergarten. She was outraged at the inequity in the system and spent the next year working with the administration to expand full-day kindergarten for every child in West Des Moines. In Washington, Cindy will fight to make sure children across Iowa and the country have access to early childhood education.  

Cindy knows that we need to make college more affordable for those who choose that path – and that we need to help those currently strapped with student loan debt. Iowans crippled with student loan debt are less likely to buy a home, start a small business, or even start a family.

Cindy also knows that college isn’t the only path to success. In Congress, Cindy will make sure every Iowan has the skills they need for a good-paying job by focusing on industry certifications, trade schools, apprenticeship programs and lifelong learning and retraining.

 

  • Cindy joined colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee to better protect recent graduates from predatory lending. The Consumers First Act would re-establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Students and Young Consumers to better protect student borrowers seeking to repay loans.

 

  • Rep. Axne believes educators shouldn’t have to make personal sacrifices and contributions to create positive learning environments for students. Rep. Axne signed onto a bill to double the maximum deduction for out-of-pocket supply costs available to eligible educators to $500 and index it to inflation.

 

  • Rep. Axne signed onto the Rebuild America’s Schools to improve school infrastructure and create Iowa jobs. The legislation will leverage federal, state and local tax dollars to invest in rebuilding crumbling infrastructure in Iowa’s schools.

 

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More on Education

April 24, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Public Library in Mount Ayr! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, to restore popular, bipartisan net neutrality protections for consumers and small businesses.

Net neutrality protects access to an open internet by prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to Internet websites. These protections support competition and allow consumers unfettered access to content.

April 6, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 6 at 10:15 a.m. at the Taylor County Historical Museum in Bedford! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 6, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m. at the Depot Deli in Shenandoah! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 1, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced the first day to submit artwork for the 2019 High School Congressional Art Competition. Each Spring, the Congressional Art Institute sponsors the Artistic Discovery Contest to recognize and encourage the artistic talent across the nation. High school students throughout the Third District are invited to submit original pieces of art to Rep. Axne’s office. The final day to submit artwork is April 30th.
March 23, 2019 In The News

Des Moines Register, Luke Nozicka, March 23, 2019

Jen Steele became emotional as she spoke into the microphone. 

The West Des Moines woman's daughter was 6 when she was diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder that has left her without 18 permanent teeth.

The defect not only affects the ability to chew but also a child's confidence and speech. Because insurance companies consider the treatment cosmetic, Steele's out of pocket cost was estimated up to $100,000 — more than her family's annual income. 

March 12, 2019 Page

Congresswoman Axne will have members of her district staff in central and southwest Iowa for open office hours. District Representatives will be available to assist constituents having difficulty with a federal agency, address questions to the office, and listen to issues or concerns facing communities.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. The April schedule for open office hours is available below.

 

Adair County

February 25, 2019 In The News