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You know it’s bad when even Jeb Bush is calling out the moderates in the Iowa House Republican caucus.

The Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece about Iowa’s School Choice Opportunity. In order to read it, one needs a subscription.

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Jeb Bush, the former Florida Governor and failed presidential candidate, struggled to gain traction nationally due to his lack of conservative credentials.

Yet even Jeb Bush is now calling out Iowa House Republicans who very well could kill a bill with very limited Education Savings Accounts for a second straight year.

All of this with a 60-40 “Republican” majority. Here is what Jeb! had to say about Iowa House Republicans:

“Iowa is the latest state to make progress on school choice,” he tweeted. “But skittish Republicans in the State House could give the unions a victory by killing it.”

That is the state of the Republican caucus in the Iowa House on a pretty basic issue — providing Iowa families with choice in education.

It is literally an issue that covers a few bases when it comes to basic Republican Party principles.

Thankfully, the Iowa Senate already passed a bill including the limited ESAs for families — just as they did last year.

Thankfully, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is pushing House Republicans hard on the issue.

While some would like to muddy the waters on the issue, it is actually pretty simple — do parents have the right to send their child to the best educational institution for their children?

Does the state have the best interest of each child at heart, or the best interest of the education institution, teacher’s union and education lobby?

We’ll find out based on what the Iowa House does — or doesn’t — do before adjournment.

If we “trust Iowans” to do the right thing, don’t we trust Iowans to know what the best educational environment is for their own children? Don’t we want Iowans to be able to send their children to the best educational environment for them?

Or do we trust the state more than we trust Iowa moms and dads? Do we trust the “educational system” more than we trust the parents of students?

Failing to pass ESAs will show us exactly who Iowa House Republicans trust.

Author: Jacob Hall

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