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SC Council to Consider Aviation Program; Drought Continues in IA

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Leaders of national and Nebraska teachers unions are pushing back on critics of critical race theory and defending curriculum based on it. They accuse opponents of trying to prevent teaching kids the truth about racism in America. The National Education Association adopted a statement of support for CRT at a nationwide virtual gathering of teachers that included more than 80 Nebraska representatives.

State Democrats are calling on Governor Kim Reynolds to fill the vacant seats on the Iowa State Board of Public Health. The bipartisan board oversees state health department policy and advises the governor on public health issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The board was unable to meet earlier this month as seven of its eleven seats are vacant.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the next few weeks could be key in the direction of Iowa’s drought. The Iowa DNR’s Tim Hall says Iowa’s dry conditions held about the same in the last week with around 70% of Iowa in some form of drought — and around 25% with severe drought conditions, according to Radio Iowa.

The Sioux City Council today will vote on a plan to create a fully accredited aviation program. In June, the council voted unanimously as part of its consent agenda to invite proposals for the lease of land and the construction of a new hangar facility for Oracle Aviation, LLC.  

Oracle has plans to establish a partnership with Morningside University at the city-owned airport. The Omaha aviation company operates a similar training center at Millard Airport in Omaha with a partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha.

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