During Friday’s 2022 FAMiLY Leadership Summit, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds renewed her promise to fight for school choice until every Iowa child has the same opportunity.
“It goes beyond their earliest years and when we take a look at some of the things that we’ve seen over the last couple of years — and it seems to continue to escalate the breakdown of the family, the infiltration of divisive ideologies in our classrooms and really the empty pit of social media, too many kids are being left behind. And we have to change that. We must set up children for a happy and a productive life. Much of that support, it comes down to the family and parenting, but much of that support happens in a classroom. And the experience that ta child has in school can mold them for life.
“It’s truly why I’ve focused so much on education. It’s why we’ve made great efforts to make sure that not all learning comes from book. Children who learn by working with their hands, they get to do so too. It’s why we’ve focused on teacher leadership and on STEM education and on early literacy. On rooting out divisive and inappropriate ideologies that have absolutely no place in our classrooms. It’s why we worked to preserve girl sports for girls and, above all, it’s why I believe so strongly in good public schools and that I believe just as strongly in school choice. I’m giving parents the ability to choose the educational path that is the best for their child’s needs.
“When it comes to education, one size really doesn’t fit all. Some families may want an education for their children that conforms to their faith and to their moral convictions. Some kids may have ambitions and abilities that require a unique educational setting. Others may have other special needs. But every last one deserves a choice. And that is why I’ll continue fighting for school choice until every family has access to options. Until every child has a fair shot, not just those children whose parents have the means to pay for it.”