IACS has published its latest newsletter featuring “Education Celebration” information, IACS priorities for this year, an update on the start date debate, and more. You can read download the PDF by clicking here. Make sure you are on our email list if you want them delivered to your inbox!
IACS is a proud part of the school choice coalition under the umbrella of Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education (Iowa ACE) and its sister organization, Iowa Advocates For Choice in Education. Together, they host an “Education Celebration” at the Capitol each year. This year, with all the momentum on school choice, we need all hands on deck for this event!
We need you to make it a priority to be at the “Education Celebration” at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 3! The purpose of the day is to visit with our legislators and show them how parental choice in education benefits children, families and the state of Iowa! Arrive around 10:00 AM for fellowship and lobbying time and stick around for the noon rally featuring Keynote Speaker Virginia Walden Ford, the powerful force behind the creation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarships Program.
This is also an amazing opportunity to plan a tour of the Capitol and the Capitol grounds. Bring yourself or bring an entire class (or your entire school!). We can’t overstate what a big deal this event is.
Our attendance goal is 1,000 supporters – be a part of this important day! If you’re bringing a group, please notify Trish Wilger at firstname.lastname@example.org. She may still have support for transportation expenses. Please visit www.iowaace.org for more information.
See you under the golden dome!
The Iowa legislature is set to adjourn for the year later this week! It’s not too late for the Iowa House and Senate to fully fund transportation services for nonpublic students and increase funding for textbooks/technology for nonpublic schools. If you haven’t yet, please take utilize our action alert center to easily email your Representative and Senator right now!
Our April 2014 IACS Newsletter is out! Included are a number of updates on State funding of private schools, ESA legislation and details on the Summer STO Meeting.
Click below to read it in its entirety:
We’ve arrived at the time in the legislative session when Legislators are considering the state’s budget for the next fiscal year. The Iowa Iowa Association of Christian Schools is working on two budget requests that make a meaningful difference for many of our schools and families:
1. Restoration of textbook funding for nonpublic school students that was cut back several years ago during the previous adminstration. Currently the state makes available about $600,000 for the purchase of textbooks and technology. We are asking for an increase to $700,000 (what it was about five years ago before budget cuts).
2. Increase in funding for transportation services for nonpublic school students. Fully funding this line item would cost about $9.7 million. The state currently limits this funding to $8.6 million.
Students who attend Iowa’s private schools save the state millions of dollars because their parents and parishes cover the vast majority of the costs of their education.
Please take a moment to send a message to your legislator on these issues. Thank you for taking action!
Click the link below to send your message: