K-12 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 school board 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 full-day kindergarten.

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More on K-12 Education

February 26, 2021 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced her intention to vote for the American Rescue Plan, a comprehensive relief bill aimed at helping Iowans in need and accelerating efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

The legislation includes an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, a new round of direct payments, expansions of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and direct relief to help Iowa’s renters, homeowners, small businesses, schools, and child care providers.

December 21, 2020 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives advanced a comprehensive package of legislation that includes a wide variety of priorities and provisions fought for by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) over the past year.
September 29, 2020 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) to encourage K-12 schools to have trained personnel in asthma and allergy management and emergency response.  

The School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act will help provide asthma and allergy grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to train school administrative staff and school nurses in the use of emergency medications to treat asthma and anaphylaxis.

August 19, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged Speaker Pelosi to bring up a revised and robust coronavirus (COVID-19) aid package for passage when the House returns to session later this week.

August 7, 2020 In The News

Teachers were feeling stressed out even before the pandemic began, and their anxieties have exploded as lawmakers and school leaders debate whether to launch in-person classes this fall.

July 31, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to advance a package of six appropriations bills to fund investments in the health, safety, and prosperity of Iowans.

May 22, 2020 Iowan of the Week

Madam Speaker,

In honor of all of this year’s graduates, I am proud to recognize the Class of 2020 across Iowa’s Third Congressional District as our Iowans of the Week. As we near the end of the semester for thousands of students, I ask that you all join me in taking a moment to acknowledge their accomplishments over the course of the year and congratulate them on this achievement as they move forward in their lives and toward their next endeavors.

May 22, 2020 Press Release
“The uncertainty and burden of COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s budget – and it’s creating tough financial challenges for families,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m proud to lead this bipartisan effort to expand tax benefits for our working families in need during this economic downturn. It is more important than ever that we give Iowans tools to ensure their children are cared for and their health is protected, and I am glad this legislation will help Iowans hard-earned dollars go further.”
May 22, 2020 Press Release
“COVID-19 has shut down child care facilities across this country, and as a result many parents who have saved money to pay for these services have still kept their children at home. We should not punish families who budgeted that money away in a DCAP account but now aren’t likely to use those funds until facilities fully reopen,” said Rep. Axne. “Families shouldn’t be forced to start over at zero on January 1st, especially as financial uncertainty continues to hang over our middle class. My bipartisan bill is a commonsense fix to prevent hard-earned dollars from disappearing at the end of this year.”
May 7, 2020 Press Release
“As we near the third full month of this widespread public health emergency, I’ve spoken to families and communities across central and southwest Iowa that are concerned about the deep scars that will be left in our most vulnerable if we do not take action now,” said Rep. Axne. “Our older Iowans, our schoolchildren, and the men and women who help our communities every day through our schools, our Post Office, and our charitable organizations cannot be left behind as we continuing responding to the impacts of this deadly pandemic.”