Branstad Has Time For Tulips, Eggs, None For Teachers On Teacher Appreciation Day

It’s Teacher Appreciation Day today, where we thank the committed professionals who get up each day to prepare our state’s children for the future. And many of them in Iowa could probably use an extra reminder of how grateful we really are for all their hard work. Google even has a nice little “Doodle” for it on their search bar right now.

But if you were looking at Governor Terry Branstad’s schedule this week, you sure wouldn’t know what we’re celebrating today.

Branstad’s schedule this week is completely devoid of any type of teacher appreciation event today or any other day, even though it’s jam-packed with other activities. Today he attends a business roundtable, visits a water quality wetland, goes to a Home Base Iowa event, tours a pharmaceutical company and holds a book signing. Meanwhile, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds makes stops at a bakery called Sweet Freedom, tours Upper Iowa Beef and goes to the Swine Educational Center in Cresco (she definitely drew the more delicious schedule).

Later in the week Branstad participates in Tulip Time in Pella and recognizes Iowa Egg Month.

To be fair, Reynolds is visiting several high schools in Cresco and Bettendorf for STEM tours, capping it off with an appearance at a STEM conference in Urbandale. But it does seem odd that if Branstad can sign a proclamation for School Nurse Day on Thursday, he can’t also give a nod to the teachers working in those schools as well.

And it’s not like Branstad doesn’t give some attention to organizations or movements that don’t necessarily align well with his political base. Also on Thursday he signs a proclamation for National Day of Reason, which is a day advocating for the separation of Church and State, opposed to the efforts by the religious right to influence public policy.

So it makes you wonder if Branstad still feels a little uncomfortable with just how badly his administration has underfunded public education in this state, especially with his veto of the one-time school funding last year. School districts have been forced to lay off teachers all across the state and many positions have gone unfilled as they struggle with the meager increases that the Republican-run House and Branstad approve each year. While teachers may receive a lot of appreciation from their students, parents and community members today, they sure haven’t gotten much from their Governor – substantive or symbolic – anytime recently.

Here’s Branstad and Reynold’s full schedule if you’re interested:

Monday, May 2, 2016

Gov. Branstad holds administration’s weekly press conference
Governor’s Office – Robert D. Ray Conference Room
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, IA
9 a.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce meeting
650 S Prairie View Dr.
West Des Moines, IA
9 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad attends Executive Council meeting
Governor’s Office-Robert D. Ray Conference Room
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, IA
10 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad speaks at Iowa Student Loan Challenge
Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Dr.
Des Moines, IA
3:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gov. Branstad attends Business Roundtable

Humboldt City Hall

29 5th St. South 

Humboldt, IA

10 a.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds meets with The Denver Diplomat Group

The Dinner Bell

107 S State St. 

Denver, IA

10:30 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad visits Pocahontas County Water Quality Wetlands

Approx. 4 miles North of Gilmore City – West on 480th St. 

Gilmore City, IA

11:30 a.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds tours Sweet Freedom Bakery

10 West Spring St. 

New Hampton, IA

Noon

 

Gov. Branstad attends Kossuth County Home Base Iowa event

Iowa Lakes Community College

3200 College Dr.

Emmetsburg, IA

1 p.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends STEM Tour

Crestwood High School

1000 Schroder Dr. 

Cresco, IA

2 p.m.

 

Gov. Branstad tours Pharmacists Mutual Companies

808 Hwy 18

West Algona, IA

2:30 p.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds tours Upper Iowa Beef

4614 US-63 

Lime Springs, IA

3:20 p.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds tours Swine Educational Center

Howard County Fairgrounds 

220 7th St. W

Cresco, IA

4:40 p.m.

 

Gov. Branstad holds Iowa’s Record Setting Governor: The Terry Branstad Story book signing

Mansion Museum

366 N Clark St. 

Forest City, IA 

5 p.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds speaks at Howard County Economic Development Dinner

Howard County Fairgrounds Expo Center

220 7th St. W

Cresco, IA

5:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lt. Gov. Reynolds meets with President Paula Carlson and tours Luther College

Luther College – Dahl Centennial Union

700 College Dr. 

Decorah, IA

7:30 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad visits Hancock County Health System and Hancock County Memorial Hospital

Hancock County Memorial Hospital

532 1st St. NW

Britt, IA

9 a.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds meeting in Allamakee County on the Importance of the Mississippi River

Allamakee County Conservation Board Boat Ramp

427 N First St. 

Harper’s Ferry, IA

9:30 a.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends small business roundtable

101 N Vine St. 

West Union, IA

11:30 a.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends Buchanan County Home Base Iowa event

Independence American Legion Hall

205 2nd St. NE

Independence, IA

1:30 p.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds tours Swiss Valley

11744 Edgewood Ave.

Luana, IA

3:30 p.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends Eastern Iowa Construction Association Annual Meeting

Elmcrest Country Club

1 Zach Johnson Dr. NE

Cedar Rapids, IA

6:15 p.m.

 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends STEM Tour

Bettendorf High School

3311 18th St. 

Bettendorf, IA

1:45 p.m.

 

Gov. Branstad signs School Nurse Day proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office 

Iowa State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

2:30 p.m.

 

Gov. Branstad signs Day of Reason proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office 

Iowa State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

2:40 p.m.

 

Gov. Branstad signs Iowa Egg Month proclamation

Governor’s Formal Office 

Iowa State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

3:30 p.m.

 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds attend Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force meeting

State Historical Building

600 E. Locust St. 

Des Moines, IA

8:30 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad attends Iowa Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony

Oran Pape State Office Building 

215 E 7th St. 

Des Moines, IA

10 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad attends Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony

Vietnam Memorial 

Iowa State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

11 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad attends Urbandale Home Base Iowa Event

Urbandale Veterans’ Memorial

SW quadrant of 86th St. and Douglas Ave. 

Urbandale, IA

1:30 p.m.

 

Lt. Gov. Reynolds speaks at Iowa Central Community College Graduation Commencement

Dr. John E. Hodges Fieldhouse

One Triton Circle

Fort Dodge, IA

6 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Lt. Gov. Reynolds attends STEM Early Childhood Spring Leadership Institute

Holiday Inn

4800 Merle Hay Rd. 

Urbandale, IA

8:15 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad attends March of Dimes Central Iowa Chapter March for Babies

DMACC Campus – Main Parking Lot

2006 S. Ankeny Blvd. 

Ankeny, IA

9 a.m.

 

Gov. Branstad participates in Tulip Time activities

Pella, IA

2:15 p.m.

 

 

by Pat Rynard
Posted 4/3/16

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