Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
We talked today about a Des Moines Register editorial talking about school supplies--lists that get longer and longer, and more and more expensive, every year. The newspaper piece echoes many of the points we talked about a few weeks ago after I went school shopping with my three kids--two 5th graders and a kindergartner. They (and I) point out that getting kids ready for school insn't as simple as putting a new box of crayons, a bottle of Elmer's glue, and some #2 pencils in thier backpacks. It's as the editorial asks:
"...is it really a family’s responsibility to dig into their own pockets to buy dry erase markers for teachers and cleaning supplies for the classroom? It’s doubtful one child uses a dozen gallon-size Ziploc bags or three boxes of 24 crayons in a single school year."
The Register raises an interesting point: wouldn't a school district be able to buy things like Kleenex, or Ziploc bags, or hand sanitzer much cheaper simply by purchasing in bulk? Not that I'd be really excited about another line-item on the invoice of fees my wife and I have to pay to get my kids through the schoolhouse door, but I'm already spending the money when I buy supplies.
Bottom line? Public education is anything but free.