Tag: Iowa and school choice

Iowa is leading on education savings account legislation

Editor’s note: This commentary from Jordan Zakery, legislative director for ExcelinEd In Action, appeared last week on the ExcelinED website. Education savings accounts offer important support for families in finding the right educational fit for their child. And this week, Iowa became the tenth state in the nation to adopt[Read More…]

Irreversible momentum for education savings accounts in 2023

The Iowa Legislature has passed a universal K-12 education savings account bill. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to sign the legislation today. This is the first broadly available choice bill to pass in the 2023 session. Congratulations to Reynolds and to Iowa’s legislative and advocacy champions. Iowa’s choice community was[Read More…]

The Iowa debate over school choice

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in her “Condition of the State” address proposed the creation of education savings accounts for every student in Iowa. Her mantra: “We either give every child a chance to succeed, or we don’t.” Building on the premise that every child is an individual who deserves an[Read More…]

What Iowa legislative leaders said about education on opening day

Editor’s note: This article appeared Monday on iowastartingline.com. During opening day speeches on Monday, legislative leaders in the Iowa House and Senate offered a preview of their goals for education policy this year, with Republicans making it clear they intend to pass a school voucher bill. Sen. Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton),[Read More…]

Here’s why this Iowa parent supports education savings accounts for private schools

Editor’s note: This commentary from Trish Wilger, executive director of the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education, appeared last week on iowacapitaldispatch.com. We’re nearly three years past the start of the COVID pandemic and life is returning to pre-pandemic times, except for one area — education. Parents got an unprecedented[Read More…]

Iowa Senate passes private school scholarship bill, putting pressure on House

Editor’s note: This article appeared March 30 on desmoinesregister.com The Iowa Senate has passed one of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ key education priorities — a bill to give families taxpayer-funded scholarships to pay for private school expenses — in a move that puts pressure on the House to act. Reynolds, a Republican, has made[Read More…]

School choice advocates crowd Iowa Capitol to push for governor’s education bill

Editor’s note: This article appeared Tuesday in the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. Advocates pushing for more state aid for private schools crowded into the Iowa Capitol rotunda Tuesday as Republican lawmakers determine whether they have enough support to pass Gov. Kim Reynolds’ hallmark education priority. The rally featured remarks from national[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews Iowa Senator Amy Sinclair on choice expansion in Hawkeye State

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the chair of Iowa’s Senate Education Committee about an aggressive push during the 2021 legislative session to expand education choice options for public, private, and homeschool students. The state failed to pass an education savings account due to concerns from rural districts and private[Read More…]