Something as big as Education Savings Accounts is going to take time, education, and huge grassroots support. For the first time, Iowa’s school choice coalition introduced ESA legislation in the Iowa House with the help of Representatives Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights), Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines), and Jake Highfill (R-Johnston). It passed out of subcommittee and is currently in the House Education Committee. We have also seen Senator Behn introduce, for the second time, a bill for Education Savings Accounts in the Senate with 24 co-sponsors!
Although these bills aren’t likely to pass this year, our primary goal this session was to introduce the legislation, demonstrate that Iowans are behind ESAs, and answer questions. We have been quite successful in achieving these goals. We are more than pleased at the overwhelming response from you to our call to action. Thousands of emails have been sent to Representatives asking them to support ESAs! Between your emails and recent polls showing Iowans overwhelmingly support universal school choice, there should be no doubt in the minds of legislators that Iowans are behind school choice initiatives.
We are very well positioned to advance this issue moving forward. With your support of school choice organizations like Iowa Advocates and the Educational Opportunities PAC along with your willingness to answer the call and communicate with your elected officials when alerts go out, we are optimistic that we’ll continue to make progress moving forward. This may not be quick and easy to accomplish – but not many things worthwhile are.
Please continue to read and share our newsletters and action alerts in the months to come as we fight for Education Savings Accounts. We appreciate your dedication and support as we work over time to bring educational freedom to all Iowa families!