Personal Stories: How Education Choice Impacts Others

The future of Iowa and our country lies in our children’s hands. We must provide them with the best tools possible to succeed.  The most important thing is education.  Iowa has a proud heritage of public education and many schools and teachers do a great job educating our children.  However, they do not meet the needs of all. This is why school choice is so important. Parents should […]

Dr. Amber Robinson

“Every family deserves the ability to afford an education they believe fits their children best.” “I started in the classroom as a ‘talented and gifted’ teacher. Later on, I crossed over into administration. I’ve worked here in Waterloo, then in Des Moines and now back here again – so I’ve had my share of experiences with the school system in Iowa.” […]

Break the Monopoly

  In a recent article, Robert Pondiscio, a Senior Fellow and Vice President for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, made a compelling argument on the need for competition in education. Pondiscio is writing from experience as a former public school educator and as a parent. As Pondiscio explains: My progressive credentials were in reasonably good order until […]

Alayna Davidson

“Education is definitely not a one-size-fits-all deal… That’s why having the choice where you go is so important.”   “I was in a lot of foster homes as a child. Then, I was adopted by the Davidsons when I was eight years old. My mom and dad knew about Joshua Christian Academy before I was adopted, but they didn’t send […]

The Politicization of Education

An Iowa Grandfather recently shared a conversation he had with his granddaughter about what she was learning in American History. His granddaughter, who is a fourth-grade public school student, was learning about the American Revolution. After inquiring what she learned, she replied, “Grandpa, did you know that the revolutionary war was fought for the freedom of rich white males?”   […]

Debunking the Myths Surrounding School Choice

  Public funds are never used for private entities.  Fiction Many government programs are based on funding individuals directly rather than funding institutions. Public funds are often used for private purposes such as food stamps, Pell Grants, the G.I. Bill, and Medicaid. Individuals and families who are recipients of these public funds can choose from a variety of both public […]

Johan & Kelly Carl

“We like that we have the freedom to choose where we send our boys to school. We’re also very thankful that we are financially able to do that because there are so many other families out there that don’t have the same opportunities as we do.”   “Kelly and I are both teachers here in Waterloo and the parents of […]

School Choice: Bureaucrats vs. Students

At the center of the school choice debate is whether families or bureaucrats are in control of education.   Governor Kim Reynolds has made parental choice in education a priority for the 2021 legislative session. Whether it is ensuring all Iowa students have the option to return to class or expanding parental choice, Governor Reynolds understands that education is about […]

Benefits of Competition in Education

During her Condition of the State address, Governor Kim Reynolds outlined a comprehensive school choice reform plan. One aspect of this calls for expanding charter schools in Iowa. Charter schools are public schools that are run independently but are still held accountable to state and federal standards. These schools are currently limited in Iowa but can provide a more flexible […]

Creating Educational Opportunity

Coretha lost her husband sixteen years ago. Twelve years later, she lost her daughter, Da’Onna. After this tragedy, Coretha is raising her three grandchildren by herself.   Although she was happy with the local public school, she quickly found that her grandchildren were being bullied. She began looking for an alternative option, but she quickly realized she could not afford it […]

Coretha Monmouth

“Educations savings account would make it possible for my kids to attend the school that best fits them.”   “I’m raising my three grandkids after my youngest daughter, Da’Onna, passed away four years ago.”   “Da’Onna became sick and I moved in with her to help out with the kids. Four years ago, this month, she went in for a […]

Sarah Curry

“Educations savings account would make it possible for my kids to attend the school that best fits them.”   “We moved here from Raleigh, North Carolina and live on an acreage just outside the city limits of Glenwood, Iowa. We drive down three miles of gravel road to get to our house.”   “I got a job offer in Omaha, […]

Chassidi Martin

“Putting dollars behind the child with education savings accounts… would  give many more families the ability to choose the education that fits their values and child’s needs.”   “I was born and raised here in Waterloo, Iowa. I’ve always been very Waterloo-proud. When I went to college, I wanted to get some experience to bring back to this area – […]

Rev. Keith Ratliff

“…parents must have to be able to give their child an education that isn’t at odds with what they’re teaching at home.”   “Back in 2008, Mrs. Chris Hurley and myself began talking to each other about the importance of having a Christian school in the urban area, in Des Moines – one that would also be affordable for the […]

Dr. Stuart Juarez

“Education savings accounts would mean a huge deal to parents in our community and elsewhere, looking for an alternative that would meet their child’s unique needs.” “We have graduates this year that would not have graduated without in-person classes. We have students that, if not for our Christ-centered mission and student-centered learning environment at Joshua Christian Academy, would not be […]

All Kids Deserve Educational Opportunities

From my experience traveling across Iowa and visiting with parents and teachers, I am convinced that having more choice in education is vital.   Real-life stories of change from parents and private school leaders illustrate the importance of choice in education.  A small private school principal in eastern Iowa shared, “We’ve increased our numbers this past year because of COVID-19. […]

Governor Kim Reynolds Placing Students First

Governor Kim Reynolds in her Condition of the State Address proposed the Students First Act, a bold comprehensive education reform plan, which places Iowa students first by removing barriers to educational opportunity. The goal is to ensure that socioeconomic status and zip codes do not limit the ability of parents to provide the best education for their children.   The COVID-19 pandemic […]

Eliminate Barriers to Open Enrollment

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the discussion over education delivery in Iowa. Many Iowa parents are struggling with their children learning from home or balancing a hybrid system of in-school and online learning. In addition, many children are being impacted by the “COVID slide” and are falling behind academically. This has led to a growing call for more parental choice […]

Allowing Greater Choice in Education

The COVID-19 pandemic is greatly impacting how Iowans view education. As a result, many students across Iowa are either learning completely online or in a hybrid model of online and in-class learning. Parents are being forced to balance work from home as well as facilitate their children’s online learning. Many children are not getting the education they deserve based on […]

Empowering Parents with the Right to Choose

We all know a teacher who has greatly influenced our life, but sadly faith in public education is eroding. A Gallop poll found that in 2019 only 29 percent of Americans were confident in the public-school system. Increasingly, public schools are embracing and teaching questionable ideologies, such as The New York Times 1619 Project, which redefines the American Founding as […]

Providing the Best Educational Opportunities for All

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all aspects of life. The pandemic is especially changing the way Americans think about education. COVID has forced many schools to adopt a hybrid model of in-class and online learning. Many parents, who are working from home, are finding themselves balancing both work and guiding their child’s online education. “The COVID crisis has laid bare […]

Placing Kids First in Education

By Walt Rogers   As a former state legislator my top priority was and still is education. Perhaps one of the most memorable and heartfelt moments occurred when I chaired an Iowa House subcommittee hearing on a bill proposing Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). An emotional mother testified that her “public school does not offer my child what he needs, and […]