Schools’ Flexibility Bills a Positive Step for Iowa Kids

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Governor Signs bills passed by the Legislature last month

Des Moines, Iowa (May 12, 2017) – Gov. Terry Branstad yesterday signed into law House Files 564 and 565, bills that provide flexibility to Iowa schools’ spending, showing that children’s issues are a way to bridge the partisan divide.

In the last month, the bills each received overwhelming bipartisan support in both chambers of the Iowa legislature.

“These bills are another crucial step in ensuring that Iowa’s kids have an equal opportunity to succeed,” said Mark Shriver, president of Save the Children Action Network (SCAN). “We know that early childhood education programs, such as the Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, give kids a strong start in life and lead to stronger communities, so this is a critical investment in Iowa’s future.”

In an extremely difficult budget year for the state of Iowa, House Files 564 and 565 are steps forward in ensuring all kids in Iowa have an equal opportunity to succeed. Because of these new laws, school districts in Iowa will have more flexibility in how they spend their Statewide Voluntary Preschool dollars, giving them much needed freedom in how best to invest in their own students.



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