Episode 59: Why We Should Pull Our Kids From Public School Now

On the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Mary Hasson with the Ethics and Public Policy Center explains to Shane Vander Hart why parents should remove their kids from public school.

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.

Anti-Common Core, School Choice Bills Die in Iowa House

HF 2317, a bill that would make the Iowa Academic Standards voluntary for public schools and accredited non-public schools and HSB 651, a bill that would expand school choice in Iowa, died in the Iowa House Education Committee without a vote.

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.

Evaluating Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ First Condition of the State Address

Shane Vander Hart evaluated Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ first Condition of the State Address and looked to see how she would separate herself from former Governor Terry Branstad.

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.

Take The Iowa GOP Governor’s Race Straw Poll

Are you planning on voting in the Iowa Republican Primary on June 5, 2018? Let us know if you intend to support Kim Reynolds, Ron Corbett, or Steven Ray.

Homeschooling: The Ultimate School Choice

Pioneer Institute released a new education policy study entitled “Homeschooling: The Ultimate School Choice” authored by William Heuer and William Donovan.

Why We Should Be Cautious About Federal School Choice

Congresswoman Katerine Clark (D-MA) pressed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos whether Christian schools receiving federal funding could ban LGBT students.

Gallup: 59 Percent of Americans Support School Choice at the Federal Level

A new Gallup Poll shows that 59 percent of Americans support federal funding of school choice programs while only 26 percent oppose.

Six Takeaways from Trump’s Address to Congress

Shane Vander Hart offers his six takeaways after watching President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

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.

So What Did We Learn from Betsy DeVos’ Hearing?

The American people were shortchanged if they wanted to hear relevant, substantive questions and answers during Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing.

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.