Vote No on SF 159 - Iowa House

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Senate File 159, also known as the Governor’s 'Students First Scholarship' program diverts public dollars to non-public schools. This legislation passed narrowly in the Iowa Senate on January 28th, 2021. SF 159 will now be sent to the Iowa House where it will start over in the House Education Committee. Complete this form to contact your state representative to Vote No on SF 159.

Senate File 159, also known as the Governor’s 'Students First Scholarship' program diverts public dollars to non-public schools:

  • Public dollars need to go to public education. Public schools are required to admit and serve all students. This legislation would divert public funds to non-public schools, who are not required to adhere to this principle of equity.
  • Public funds should require accountability and transparency. Non-public schools are not held to the same standard as public schools. The absence of public accountability for public funds could contribute to waste and fraud of tax-payer dollars.
  • Available resources should go to support the most students. Especially at a time when our public schools are facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic, available resources should go to support the more than 480,000 public school students in all 99 counties.