Posted by 08 February 2021
Iowa parents will soon be able to send their children to school five days a week. New legislation requires school districts to offer this option starting next week.
In January, Gov. Kim Reynolds called on the legislature to pass legislation that would give parents the option of sending their children to school if they wished. This was in response to Iowa school districts offering only online schooling, something that many parents opposed. Legislators quickly responded, with the Republican majority passing a bill to do this. Gov. Reynolds signed the bill on January 29. It will go into effect on February 15.
Gov. Reynolds and those supporting this legislation contend that online-only and hybrid schooling is hurting students. They argue that students' education and mental health is suffering. They say that parents should have the option to send their children to school if they think it is safe. Some teachers oppose this, arguing that in-person schooling puts them at risk. They say that students should not return to school until the coronavirus pandemic is better contained.
The situation in Iowa is part of a larger national debate over how children should be educated during the pandemic. On one side are some parents who are frustrated with online-only schooling or hybrid education models. On the other side are teachers and their unions who think in-person schooling is too dangerous. In some cases elected officials have ordered schools open but teachers have called out sick, forcing students to continue in-home education.
Do you think that parents should have the option of sending their children to school in-person?