Iowa ranks among the worst in the nation in an
index that measures parents' ability to choose quality educational options for
their children. The Center for Education Reform's Parent
Power Index ranks Iowa 45th of 50 states and the District of
Columbia. The index measures access to charter schools, the amount of freedom
parents have to choose what school their child goes to, teacher quality,
transparency and access to data and online learning, among other factors.
"With the exception of having piloted several digital learning elements to
help school districts reach students in rural areas, this state offers no real
schooling choices," an article accompanying Iowa's ranking says. "A
teacher quality effort is near failing. A little dust-up in the dust bowl would
really help." Indiana is No. 1 on the list. Wisconsin is No. 7, Minnesota
is No. 9, Missouri is No. 21, Illinois is No. 34, Kansas is No. 40 and Nebraska
is No. 50.