Urban Education Network predicts ‘most’ income-eligible kindergarten students will apply for ESAs

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Urban Education Network sent out a Call to Action on Wednesday, encouraging its members to contact legislators. The goal is to let legislators hear opposition to the Education Savings Accounts and Parental Rights Bill.

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Interestingly enough, despite hearing how “great” public schools across the state are from public school organizations, it appears Urban Education Network believes if most families eligible have a choice, they will not choose these “great” public schools.

“Although we don’t know how many students will leave public school to take advantage of this voucher program, we assume most income-eligible kindergarten students will apply,” the Call to Action stated. “Although this starts small, it will build as vouchers have in other states, until its price tag is likely more than a half a billion.”

The talking points for why vouchers are not for Iowa include a “lack of transparency, lack of accountability and that public funds should not be spent for private purposes.

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