School Choice and Education Saving Accounts (ESA) have been in the media spotlight for the past few years. In 2021 Governor Kim Reynolds introduced the Students First Act, a sweeping education bill aimed at expanding options for Iowa families. Nearly every one of the proposals was signed into law, resulting in more opportunities for charter schools, open enrollment, innovative learning experiences, and tax credits and deductions to reduce educational expenses for both parents and teachers. But there is still more to do. In order to ensure that every child is successful in school, we must provide options, ensure transparency and engage families in the educational experience.
Here are a few documents that help you understand how school choice benefits Iowa’s education system and affects you as a taxpayer and parent.