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DES MOINES, Iowa — Congressman Steve King says airport travelers don’t have enough options when it comes to how they get their news, and that CNN has too much control. Congressman King has submitted an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, that he says would allow for greater broadcast choice for the nation’s travelers.

CNN programming airs on the television screens at some 60 airports across the country, including Des Moines International Airport.

“I`m all for all different views, news at airports,” said Mark Berthelsen, a traveler from Oregon. “I always see CNN here, at all airports, and so seeing some Fox News would be good with me. I`m for that.”

“I think you should have both ends of the spectrum,” said Chet McDonough, a traveler from Florida. “You should have the liberal side, the conservative side, and let`s go from there, right? The right side, the left side, and, maybe somebody in the middle.”

The travelers we caught up with at Des Moines International Airport said they’re all for diversity of viewpoint when it comes to the news, but they don’t think the government should get involved.

“I think the market should play to that,” said Berthelsen. “I don`t think it has to be any government mandate to do that, but I`d like to see just diverse news.”

Diane McDonald, a traveler from Ames, says there’s especially no need for regulation, because of all of the different options people already have: in their own hands.

“I think that there is no need for the government to regulate when there is the access for social media,” said McDonald. “People have the option to use their phones and access any station or any outlet for opinions, news, opinions that they can, they want.”

But Congressman King says that CNN has an ‘airport monopoly’ and that travelers are a “captive audience.”

“I’m a captive audience,” admitted McDonald. “I don’t usually use my phone, except to check personal information, but if someone feels strongly about it, they can always…choose not to watch and use their own devices to get a different viewpoint.”

On Congressman King’s Facebook page, opinions on this matter vary, but some question whether the congressman getting involved in this issue is the best use of his time and energy.

One airport that does not have an agreement with CNN is the one in Sioux City: Sioux Gateway Airport. That airport is located in Congressman King’s district: Iowa’s 4th congressional district.

 

 

URBANDALE, Iowa — Instead of counting down the days to summer fun summer fun, some Urbandale parents like Nicole Schwegler are feeling frustrated.  “I was hurt, I was angry, I was confused and I was mad,” said the mother of three children within Urbandale Community School District.

A week ago Schwegler says the Urbandale CSD notified her that her fourth grade son Joey, who is autistic, will be forced to switch schools and attend Webster Elementary along with other level three special education students next school year.  He’s been here since Pre-K.  He’s grown up with these kids. This is our home,” she said, referring to Rolling Green Elementary.

The district believes special education teachers currently are not able collaborate well enough to best serve the students.  They responded saying
“Teacher collaboration directly supports better services and learning for students, which is why we determined a better long-term solution would be to more fully utilize the space at Webster elementary in order to welcome additional students with special needs, and their teachers, as it provides the greatest handicap-accessible areas and supports when compared to our other elementary buildings.”

Schwegler responded saying, “Taking them away from their core family is not helping them.  It doesn’t matter what the teacher collaboration is.”

Tiffany Vasquez-Dewein’s daughter Brenna is a classmate of Joey’s but is considered a level two special education student and will not have to move.  She is having trouble understanding why her friend has to leave.  Tiffany said, “She asked me if they were being punished because they learn differently and why she wasn’t being punished.”

Schwegler says throwing off a steady routine for Joey and other special ed students could be disastrous.  “It takes two months of me prepping him for a fifteen minute hair cut.  Kids on the spectrum need time to transition,” said Schwegler.

The move impacts thirteen of the three hundred and thirty-one K-12 special education students within the district.  “They are choosing to affect the thirteen most vulnerable kids in the school.  He is getting set up for failure,” said Schwegler.

A parent and student petition has been set up in hopes of holding the move off until the fall of 2019 to give the special education students more time to ease into the change.  Siblings of the students moving have also been given the chance to transfer into Webster Elementary.