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School choice, in-person instruction bills advance to Senate floor for debate


Two Republican-led education bills advanced Monday in the Iowa Senate, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reported. One bill, Senate Study Bill 1064, would require schools to offer full-time, in-person instruction during the ongoing pandemic, while a second, SSB 1065, would financially support more options for students to attend private schools. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, identified both issues as priorities for the legislative session. The Senate Education Committee approved both bills, which are now eligible for debate by the full Senate. Democratic senators joined school administrators, students and activists who spoke against the latter school choice bill, contending it would channel money away from public schools, would favor already-advantaged students and could adversely affect diversity in schools.

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