Student savings accounts – wrong for Iowa education

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

     Time is running out. The School Voucher bill (referred to as a Student Savings Account) has passed the Iowa Senate and is now in the Iowa House, despite a tremendous outcry of opposition. Even Senator (Carrie) Koelker admitted that she could not read all of the thousands of emails flooding her inbox. Sen. Koelker, along with Senator (Dan) Zumbach, have failed to listen to their constituents.

     The Student Savings Account proposal is simply – use tax dollars to support private schools! No matter what spin Republicans put on this proposal, or as the Des Moines Register says, “put lipstick on a pig,” a majority of the per pupil tax dollars would go to a private accredited school (of any type). The long-standing principle that the funding of our public schools is the responsibility of “all” citizens is certainly in jeopardy with this bill.

     Our only hope is that Representatives (Lee) Hein and (Steven) Bradley listen to their constituents and vote against this ridiculous attempt to siphon much-needed tax dollars from our already financially strapped public schools. Only you can make this happen. Please call or write today to express your opposition to this so-called Student Savings Accounts.

     Here’s how you can contact your representatives in Jones County:

     Lee Hein, State Representative, Republican, District 96. Legislative email: lee.hein@legis.iowa.gov. Home email: heinlee@gamil.com. Home address: 17358 County Road E-16, Monticello, IA 52310. Cell phone: 319-480-1997. Capitol phone: 515-281-3221.

     Steven Bradley, State Representative, Republican, District 58. Legislative email: steven.bradley@legis.iowa.gov. Home email: sbradley@netins.net. Home address: 812 Maquoketa Dr. SE, Cascade, IA 52033. Cell phone: 563-590-0845.

Tony Amsler

Monticello, Iowa

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