Education is Not Just About Money

These are just a few of the testimonials from Iowa students and parents who have benefitted from the opportunities provided by Iowa’s school choice policies.   Too often the policy discussion over education centers around spending and for good reason. Public education consumes a majority of the state budget and is one of the driving costs of property tax bills. […]

2020 Candidate Education Guide

Recently TEF Iowa polled Iowans to get their view on some key public policy issues. In this guide you will find not only how Iowans think about these issues, but also public policy solutions that align with the interest of Iowans. TEF Iowa has developed this guide as a resource to provide legislative candidates additional information on some of the […]

Are Education Pods the Answer?

As a new school year begins amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many Iowa parents are juggling working from home and facilitating their children’s online education. Schools across Iowa are offering a hybrid of in-class and online instruction. Many parents in Iowa have selected to have their children start school online for the fall semester as a result of the virus. A […]

Are Education Pods the Answer?

As a new school year begins amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many Iowa parents are juggling working from home and facilitating their children’s online education. Schools across Iowa are offering a hybrid of in-class and online instruction. Many parents in Iowa have selected to have their children start school online for the fall semester as a result of the virus. A […]

How Do ESAs Work?

Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) represent the gold standard for school choice policy. The purpose of an ESA is to allow education tax dollars to follow the student rather than a specific designated school. An ESA provides parents with the flexibility to customize the best education for their children. This includes not only choosing which school their child attends, but also […]

Time for Accountability in Higher Education

Universities and colleges in Iowa as well as across the nation are preparing to welcome back students for the fall semester. In recent years higher education has been plagued with numerous problems. A major concern is growing dominance of radical ideologies both in and out of the classroom. In addition, the cost is accelerating, and many students are finishing their […]

Empowering Parents with Education Savings Accounts

A parent in Arizona argues, ESAs are serving the educational needs of her children. Jenny Clark, a mother of two children with learning disabilities has been able to provide her kids with the specialized resources they need for a successful future.  She argues that “children are not mere funding units,” and thanks to ESAs, she has “realized that our children […]

American History’s Educational Decline

“I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual,” stated President Ronald Reagan in his Farewell Address to the nation. President Reagan’s warning still holds true today. We are confronted with a […]

How Does Your School District Compare?

Find the change of enrollment, teachers, and staff in your school district over the last 20 years. Public education in Iowa consumes 55 percent of the state General Fund. On a local level close to 42 percent of property taxes are spent on funding public education. It is a leading budget driver in Iowa and with the ongoing discussion of […]

The Education Funding Debate in Iowa

When the Iowa Legislature returns for the 2020 session next January, there will undoubtedly be declarations from some corners of the Capitol that public education is not being fully funded. Education will not be alone in this regard; the fully funded claim will be applied to multiple policy areas, especially by those special interest groups advocating for more taxpayer funding. […]

Education Savings Accounts

The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Tax Education Foundation.  They are brought to you in the interest of a better-informed citizenry. Education Savings Accounts in the Hawkeye State: Potential Fiscal Effects on State and Local Taxpayers By Martin Lueken, Ph.D., EdChoice Download PDF