Iowa: One of Nation’s Best Public School Systems, Poised to Expand Vouchers for Religious Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Dana Goldstein, one of the best education writers, now reports for the New York Times.

In this article, she describes the rush to expand vouchers for religious schools in Iowa.

You don’t have to look far to find funding by Betsy DeVos and the Koch brothers.

“Despite Republican control of the governor’s mansion and both houses of the State Legislature, proposals to significantly expand school choice programs in Iowa are stalled, at least for now. The pushback has come from groups traditionally opposed to the idea — Democrats, school districts, teachers’ unions and parents committed to public schools — but also from some conservatives concerned about the cost to the state.

“Iowa is one of 31 states where legislators have proposed creating or expanding school choice programs this year, without Washington even lifting a finger. Even if just a few of the bills pass, the number of children attending…

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