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.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday morning that no special legislative session would be necessary for Fiscal Year 2017.
The decline in the revenue estimate triggered concerns about the overall state budget from Iowa Legislative leaders heading into a new session.
Iowa Senate Democrats passed an education reform bill that increases spending, but provides no accountability for the Iowa Department of Education.