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Republican State Rep. Gary Mohr was one of the most vocal critics of GOP efforts to clean up education in Iowa earlier this year.

Mohr opposed Education Savings Accounts and mocked conservative legislators who introduced bills to rein in out-of-control educators.


For instance, Mohr said he is “all for” parents being involved in schools, but…

“I’m not in favor of the parents telling the schools everything they need to do.”

He said every legislator has the ability to introduce legislation, and…

“Some of that is crazy stuff. But don’t assume that when a crazy legislator of either party introduces ab ill, they may live in Central Iowa, they may live in Northwest Iowa, they’re playing with some group — and I don’t know who they’re playing to.”

He warned people not to jump out of a six-story window when they…

“Hear that some clown introduced a bill that’s going to throw teachers in prison for this or that.”

Mohr represents Bettendorf in the Iowa House. And Bettendorf has perhaps been one of the most egregious examples of overreach by a school district this school year.

Students were asked what names and pronouns they wanted teachers to use in a classroom, and then what names and pronouns they wanted teachers to use with their parents. Another survey asked students for their political leanings.

We emailed Rep. Mohr on Friday to ask him for his thoughts on these surveys being given to students in Bettendorf.

We asked what legislators and bills he was referencing earlier this year when he called the bills “crazy stuff” and talked about “crazy legislators.”

We also asked which bill he was talking about that would throw teachers in prison. And we asked if he believes teachers should be asking students for this information while keeping it secret from parents.

Representative Mohr has not yet responded to our questions. When he does, we will publish his answers.

Contact Rep. Mohr at: [email protected]

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