An Education Savings Account (ESA) pilot program (HF 2284) has passed subcommittee and is now eligible for debate in the House Appropriations Committee.
The bill, as written, creates a 190-seat pilot program in the Waterloo and Sioux Center school districts. The idea is that over a year or two, we’d be able to iron out the details and see that school choice benefits the kids involved and the community as a whole.
The intent of the bill is to include students that are not currently in private schools and would include an educational savings grant equal to the average state aid per pupil for each participant. Although we’d prefer a statewide program out of the gate, we believe this bill provides a great opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of this type of school choice.
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