Iowa Guv Signs Into Law New School Choice Program

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks during an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on June 26, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed into law school choice legislation that provides private school students with taxpayer funds.
  • Under the “Students First Act,” students in private school will receive $7,598, the average cost the state spends on a public school student, per year for any family in the state to cover private school expenses.
  • The bill passed the Iowa House in a 55-45 vote and the Iowa Senate in a 31-18 vote on Monday, according to KCCI 8 News.
  • “For the first time we are funding students, instead of a system,” Reynolds said. “We are rejecting the idea that the answer to improving education is simply pumping more money into the same system year after year without making significant changes.”

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