Iowa House Introduces ESA Legislation

February 4th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

The Iowa House of Representatives has introduced ESA Legislation!

From Iowa Advocates for Choice in Education:

House File 2090, sponsored by Representatives Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights), Jake Highfill (R-Johnston) and Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines), calls for this revolutionary school choice initiative that gives every Iowa parent a grant of state funds to use toward nonpublic education expenses.  You can read the entire bill here:  HF 2090.

Reactions are starting to come in including this one from Jay P. Greene’s blog: “Education Savings Account Effort in Iowa

Happy Summer!

June 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Happy Summer!  It’s been interesting this year for me.  Usually, I have a rather protracted break right after the legislative session that gives me time to chillax.  Not this year.  Here is a summary of my session:

You can click on the Iowa Association of Christian School’s newsletter link to see their take on our work this session.  I was very proud of the Board and member schools for supporting me so well this year and getting some amazing things done for private schools and parental choice in education.

The results on the pro-life front weren’t as laudable.  We were attacked by the Personhood-only crowd, undermined by groups claiming to straddle the fence between pro-life groups and hateful personhood-only groups, undercut by legislators that had last minute demands on the webcam abortion bill minutes before it needed to be moved to avoid being killed by the funnel deadline, etc. etc.  The biggest enemy of progress on the life issue isn’t the abortion industry.  It’s “pro-life” groups and legislators that refuse to save any baby unless they save them all…their way.  We have plans to overcome this.  It will take some time but we’ll prevail in order to save lives and end the practice of elective abortion in the U.S. for good.

On a spiritual note, I’ve been reading through a chronological reading plan on YouVersion’s iOS app.  I’m loving it.  It’s interesting to see the character of the books come out in the prophets as they often describe the same king’s stories with emphasis on different aspects of the events.  I’m also really learning more and more about the intersection of wisdom and holiness.  My job makes it a constant challenge to be shrewd and innocent, positive and resolute.  How do I check emotion while maintaining passion?  I have been diving in to God’s character on this.  Sovereignty and the fruits of the Spirit.  It’s fascinating.  Ask me about it sometime.  I may not shut up for 30 minutes.

That’s it for today.  I’ll try to post from my adventures this Summer.  There is a trip to Colorado with the in-laws and extended in-law/out-law family, RAGBRAI, and a trip to Florida on the horizon.  Fun times!  Hope you have an amazing Summer.

Action Alert From The Iowa Association Of Christian Schools

March 22nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Action Alert From the Iowa Association of Christian Schools:

IA Assoc. Of Christian Schools

March 21, 2013 – House Study Bill 225 would increase the amount of tax credits for school tuition organizations to $12 million (currently at $8.75 million). The credits are made available for those who donate to scholarship funds for nonpublic school students through School Tuition Organizations (STOs).

Last fall more than 10,400 low-income students received a grant through the program to attend the school of their choice. More than $11.3 million in scholarships were awarded.

We support the bill because it helps parents get assistance in choosing the school that best fits their child’s learning needs.

Please send a message to your member of the Iowa House asking him or her to support HSB 225 by clicking here.  We are partnering with the Iowa Catholic Conference to send out emails and encourage you to do so today!

Very happy to see school choice get such bipartisan support in Iowa.  Click the link above and help keep it that way!  I highly encourage you to sign up for their email list at www.iowachristianschools.org.  They don’t spam, only send out action alerts when big things are happening at the Capitol, and they are a great resource for information on education, education reform, and private school choice.  They are there every day during the legislative session and have a great Board of Directors.

Stop The Common Core Standards

November 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

The Common Core Standards are dangerous.  Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project is featured in this awesome video series called “Stop The Common Core.”  Embedded below is the first of five videos on the subject.  You owe it to yourself, your kids, and your grandkids to watch all five of them:

I know the video doesn’t fit perfectly in my WordPress template so click full screen and listen without distraction. You need to hear what Jane has to say.  There are five videos and they should play one right after another.  If the link doesn’t work, please visit the American Principles Project or Truth In American Education website and watch them there.

I used to work for the American Principles Project and my friend Shane still does. They are doing great work calling out those who would disenfranchise States and (more importantly) parents and are doing a good job calling on teachers, parents, and other citizens to stop and think about how truly dangerous this movement is. Let me know what you think.  It’s not too late to turn back this dangerous agenda and your sharing of this video, your willingness to talk about it to friends and family, and the sharing of these videos on social media and other websites will go a long way!

I don’t need unelected bureaucrats and D.C. based nonprofits determining my child’s education standards and curricula.  I don’t want my child’s quality of education determined by the prevailing national political winds and at a level of government inaccessible to parents and local schools boards, administrators, and teachers.

Watch the videos.  Share them.  Act.