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Public School Choice Proposal Passes Iowa Legislature

May 25, 2022 7:29am

The 2022 Iowa legislative session ended early this (Wed) morning, with Republicans adopting a new proposal to let parents transfer their children from one public school to another, at any time.

Under current law, open enrollment applications must be made by March 1st and students may only transfer to a school in an adjacent district.  Republican Representative Gary Mohr of Bettendorf says the new plan will let parents start transferring their children immediately to any public school, without citing a reason.  Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, suggests the changes will lead to closures. 

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds wanted to spend 55 million dollars on private school scholarships, which ended up being tabled. 

As parents complained about some school materials, a couple of Republicans proposed new criminal penalties for teachers and school librarians, but those proposals were scrapped.  

(thanks to Radio Iowa)