Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Lawmakers crack open new Students First Act at Eggs and Issues

Legislators say controversial bill will be a good thing for Iowa

There were eggs on the menu, but education was the main dish Saturday morning at the first Eggs & Issues forum of 2023.

Four local lawmakers fielded questions from patrons during the first of three gatherings planned this winter in Spencer. The main topic of discussion was the Students First Act, a new law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds last week that will bring sweeping changes to education funding in Iowa.

The law will allow taxpayer dollars to be used for tuition at K-12 private schools. District 10 Rep. John Wills (R-Spirit Lake) was the bill's floor manager in the House, and believed it was...