Universal Educational Savings Accounts

School choice for all Iowa families happens when financial barriers to non-public school options are removed. It is unfair to limit non-public school options to more affluent families, while those who do not have the financial means must rely on the public system.

 

Universal education savings accounts (ESAs) provide a free-market solution for parents seeking the best educational opportunities for their children. ESAs provide real school choice for Iowa families and promote the basic right of parents to make the best educational decisions for their own child.

School choice for all Iowa families happens when financial barriers to non-public school options are removed. It is unfair to limit non-public school options to more affluent families, while those who do not have the financial means must rely on the public system. Further, a universal ESA provides a free-market incentive that makes both public and private educational offerings better by introducing alternatives and creating a smaller burden on the public system by delivering another option for children who are not succeeding to their fullest potential within the public system.

If public education is to act as “the great equalizer,” it is imperative that lawmakers act to provide flexibility for parents so that all children may access the best educational opportunities for them. Five states already have ESA policies on the books, and it is time that Iowa join their ranks.

“Parents should always be encouraged to advocate for their children, especially when it comes to their education...that’s why I’m the first Governor to take the Education Freedom Pledge. ” - Governor Kim Reynolds

 

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