Still no education reform in Iowa

Iowa Legislative Session 2013

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MASON CITY, IA-An education reform bill still has not passed in Iowa and some lawmakers are getting anxious.

Most recently in the republican-controlled house, language has been added to their version that would allow those parents who home school their kids to teach driver’s education and would allow additional kids to join their group, while removing some oversight measures.

State Representative Sharon Steckman, a democrat from Mason City, says while she agrees home schooling is important to the state, she does not believe it should be added to this bill.

“The governor’s bill had nothing in it on home schooling, there are about ten thousand, a little over ten thousand kids in Iowa that are home schooled either part time or full time in the whole state. There’s over 1/2 million public school students that are waiting for us to finish this up and get the funds to the schools,” said Steckman.

The legislative session ends a week from Friday.

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