Governor Reynolds is currently rushing through “school choice” legislation that will irreparably damage public education in Iowa. Governor Reynolds and senators pushing SF159 would like you to believe that it will improve options for parents, but it harms public schools especially those in rural areas.

Are for profit charter schools good for Iowa? No. Charter schools are not held to the same educational standards as public schools and can pick and choose only the students that they want. When you reduce the number of students in public schools, you also reduce their funding. This is devastating for smaller districts already struggling with declining enrollment. Get ready for more consolidation and longer bus rides if this happens.

Governor Reynolds states that she talked with “people,” and this is what they want. But she has held zero public meetings for us to know what “people” she is talking about. This week the Senate held committee meetings, and the public response has been overwhelming against the bill. The Senate continues to shove it along even with all of the negative comments.

Don’t just believe me. Talk to your neighbor that’s a teacher or contact a school board member. I have yet to hear from any of them that support this harmful legislation. Then, let your state senator or representative know that they should refuse to let this destructive legislation harm your local schools.

Robert Gertsen

Oxford Junction

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