Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Education reform bill passes in Legislature

Lynn Evans 1 of 3 Senate Republicans to vote 'no'

While most Iowans were sleeping, the Legislature on Monday night and Tuesday morning passed sweeping changes to K-12 education funding that will allow taxpayer dollars to be used for tuition at private schools.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who made the proposal a key campaign issue during her successful 2022 re-election bid, signed the legislation on Tuesday. With overwhelming GOP majorities in both the House and Senate, the Students First Act faced little chance of rejection. It passed 55-45 in the House with all Democrats and nine Republicans opposed. In the Senate, it passed 31-18 with all Democ...