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Gov. Reynolds beams with pride after legislature passes “Students First Act” for private school funding using taxpayer dollars

DES MOINES – Today Gov. Kim Reynolds is beaming with pride after the Republican-dominated Iowa Legislature passed "Students First Act" sending countless taxpayer dollars to un-regulated private schools.

DES MOINES – Today Gov. Kim Reynolds is beaming with pride after the Republican-dominated Iowa Legislature passed “Students First Act” sending countless taxpayer dollars to un-regulated private schools.

Kim Reynolds

Kim Reynolds released the following statement in response to the Iowa House and Senate passing the Students First Act:

“I am thrilled that both the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate have passed the Students First Act and I look forward to signing it into law later today. For the first time, we will fund students instead of a system, a decisive step in ensuring that every child in Iowa can receive the best education possible. Parents, not the government, can now choose the education setting best suited to their child regardless of their income or zip code. With this bill, Iowa has affirmed that educational freedom belongs to all, not just those who can afford it.”

Democrats were less than thrilled, in fact, irate at the outcome, even as some Republicans joined their efforts to stop the bill.

One Democrats said, “Vouchers are a scam that would give away money from local public schools to unregulated, unaccountable private schools. It would be like using taxpayer dollars to pave a road the people can’t drive on or to build a private pool that we can’t swim in.”

Reynolds will receive the bill and likely have a big ceremony when she signs it.

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