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Both Republican Senators Annette Sweeney and Tom Shipley sent their legislative newsletters to followers with a positive tone on the decisions made by the Iowa Senate last week when it comes to education policy.

But neither mentioned voting against the Students First Act, which provides school choice for parents who have children in Iowa’s 34 failing schools.

Sweeney’s newsletter states that the Senate “took several steps to improve education in our state” this week.

She wrote about Senate File 160, which requires schools to offer full-time, in-person instruction options for parents. She also notes discussion on Senate File 130, a bill allowing a member of the board of directors of a school district to receive compensation in excess of $6,000 for employment as a substitute teacher, food service worker or bus driver.

Shipley followed the same format — noting that the Senate took several steps to improve education.

I have not yet seen Sen. Dawn Driscoll’s newsletter.

Author: Jacob Hall