On Monday I lead the passage of two different bills by the full Iowa House. The first was HF 318 which is the preschool bill that I have talked about in this newsletter before. Simply, this bill allows more age groups to attend preschool instead of forcing children to go straight to kindergarten because they turned 5-years old by March 15th. This bill changes it to September 15th.
We talk about parental choice in education all the time, and each parent knows what level of school their child is ready for. I have held 21 subcommittees regarding this bill over the last couple of years, and I am so proud to have finally gotten the bill to the floor and passed with every Republican and Democrat present voting for the change.
The other bill was also non-controversial, SF 261. The bill allows the Iowa college student aid commission to organize a nonprofit corporation. Hopefully this can be a productive step towards college affordability and was passed by the Senate and the House unanimously. It now heads to the Governor’s desk for her signature.