Governor Kim Reynolds’ signs her top 2023 priority late this (Tuesday) morning– a bill providing state-funded accounts for the parents of private school students. The legislation has passed both the State House and State Senate. Republican Representative John Wills of Spirit Lake opened yesterday’s (Monday’s) House debate by saying the bill is about freedom.

The legislation passed the House yesterday on a 55 to 45 vote, following five and a half hours of debate. Senators debated it for about three hours, passing the bill just before 12:30 this (Tuesday) morning on a 31-to-18 vote. Nine House Republicans and three Republicans in the Senate voted against the proposal. No Democrats voted for it. Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls says the governor’s plan is Robin Hood in reverse.

In the first year, low income parents who enroll a child in a private school could apply for nearly 76-hundred dollars in state funding to cover tuition, computers, textbooks and tutoring. In 2026, all private school parents could apply for the state money. Governor Reynolds held a private ceremony in her formal office yesterday (Monday) to mark the start of “School Choice Week”. She plans to sign her “School Choice” bill into law at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday). 

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