Iowa legislature approves controversial education spending bill, allowing use of state money for private schools

After a contentious battle, the Iowa Legislature has passed education reform, allowing state money to be used at private schools.

The Iowa house passed HF 68 Monday 55-45. The Senate passed the bill 31-18. Next, Gov. Kim Reynolds will sign the controversial “Students First Act” into law, which will allow Iowans to use state money at private schools though education savings accounts. According to the Legislative Services Agency, 58 out of 99 Iowa’s 99 counties have an accredited nonpublic school.

In a press release, Reynolds said she was thrilled and looks forward to signing the bill into law later today.

“For the first time, we will fund students instead of a system, a decisive step in ensuring that every child in Iowa can receive the best education possible,” she said. “Parents, not the government, can now choose the education setting best suited to their child regardless of their income or zip code. With this bill, Iowa has affirmed that educational freedom belongs to all, not just those who can afford it.”

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