Retiring House Republican Rep. Ross Paustian said the Iowa House isn’t “even close” to having enough votes to pass Education Savings Accounts for Iowa families, according to an article from a legislative forum.
Paustian said he is ready for his session to be over, but he will not return home and say he supported providing Iowa families with educational freedom.
“We aren’t even close to enough votes in the House,” Paustian said, according to the article. “Now, you know, you’re not home free until we adjourn. So, you know, they attach that to some bill that 15 or 20 current ‘no’ votes say, ‘I’ve got to have that bill’ so they’ll vote for it. I don’t really see that happening. But, I’m ready for the session to be over. This is my last session. That’s one thing (on private school tuition assistance) … I’ll come home and say ‘I did not support that.’”
Paustian said there are about 15-20 Republicans in the House who oppose providing Iowa families with Education Savings Accounts.
The bill including ESAs includes just 5,000 ESAs for families with students who have an IEP and 5,000 for families of current public school students or incoming kindergartners.