Assessing the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session: My Top Five Disappointments

Shane Vander Hart shares his top five disappointments with the 2018 Iowa legislative session which includes a failure to pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, deal with current academic standards, expand school choice, limit state spending, and pass an Article V petition in the Iowa Senate.

Education Savings Accounts Receive New Life in the Iowa Senate

Education savings accounts were reintroduced in the Iowa Senate’s version of the Iowa Student Opportunities Act (SSB 3206) by State Senator Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) as an appropriations bill and passed through an appropriations subcommittee.

Episode 29: Expanding School Choice in Iowa

On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses a bill in the Iowa House that would expand school choice in Iowa with Trish Wilger of Iowa Advocates for Choice in Education and Mark Jacobs of Reaching Higher Iowa.

Iowa Student Opportunities Act Introduced in Iowa House

HSB 651, the Iowa Student Opportunities Act, was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill would create an educations savings grant program and a new charter school program to expand school choice for Iowa’s public school families.

Our Iowa GOP Poll Shows Strong Support for Education Liberty

Our Iowa GOP readers favor Education Savings Accounts and oppose homeschool reporting, Common Core, and denying open enrollment based on economics.

Where Do Iowans Really Stand on School Choice?

Shane Vander Hart: A Des Moines Register poll says a majority of Iowans oppose public funds being used for private options, earlier polls suggest otherwise.

Iowa Lawmakers Reach for Local Control of Education

There have been several bills filed in the Iowa House and Senate this year dedicated to devolving the power and control the Iowa Department of Education.

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 1-7-17 (Christian Ed, School Choice & Obamacare)

On Caffeinated Thoughts Radio this week Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers discuss Christian Education and School Choice with Eric Goranson and Lydia Quick and Obamacare with Dr. Lee Heib.

Caffeinated Thoughts Radio 3-7-15

Shane Vander Hart and Brian Myers talk about education savings accounts with Eric Goranson of Iowa Association of Christian Schools and Netanyahu’s speech.

Uncommon Choice: A Way Forward for Education in Iowa, and America

Casey Shutt: The proposed ESA legislation in Iowa accommodates parents to select the education that aligns most closely with their own views.

Homeschoolers Dropped in Iowa House ESA Bill

An education savings account bill with a 12-year roll out that leaves out homeschoolers is in jeopardy in the Iowa House Education Committee over budget concerns.

2014 Iowa Political Survey Results

Ernst leads Braley and Hieb edges out Branstad in a recent Caffeinated Thoughts reader survey of likely Iowa voters on different races and issues of concern in the state.

Iowans Want School Choice!

Options are a good thing.  An important part of the capitalist society…

Poll: Iowans Overwhelmingly Support School Choice Measures

A recent Friedman Foundation poll found Iowans approved of school choice measures such as charter schools, school vouchers and education savings accounts.

Education Savings Accounts: A Step in the Right Direction

Education savings accounts are a step in the right direction when it comes to education reform and raising student achievement.