I’d planned on writing about whiskey (maybe tomorrow), but just a little bit ago, our Iowa House of Representatives passed HF 2577, a school transparency bill so that “parents have a voice” in the education of their child.
When HAVEN’T they had that voice?
When have parents been told they can’t see the curriculum?
When have they not had access to the books in the library?
When has this ever NOT been accessible?
I’m tired of this nonsense. It makes me and other teachers wonder, is this truly worth it? Does what we do even matter?
Now, I’ll get some sleep and feel a little better tomorrow, but my goodness. Tomorrow, it sounds like the voucher bill here in Iowa will be debated. If vouchers get passed, well, the morale of Iowa teachers will be at an all-time low.
But by gosh, parents will be able to access the books in the library and see what I’m doing months in advance. Not that the website it will be posted to will get more than 5 views in a year, but our Republican majority can throw some more red meat to their base claiming, “See, look what we did.”
Throw in a “CRT” and an “indoctrination” and maybe a “radical” and everyone is frothing at the mouth.
It’s sad really. When I went to school, Iowa was a purple state with an educational system that was the envy of the country. Now, not so much. And I don’t see any way out.
And on that note, we’ll end this depressing slice with this: if you live in a place that values education, be thankful. Thank those around you for supporting public education, for standing up for educating all children, and for being there for all students.
Here in Iowa, based on the last few years of legislative action, we do not hold those values anymore.
March 30, 2022 at 4:51 am
Public education appears to be on a downhill spiral. TX republicans proposed to do away with property taxes (and there is no state income tax) which will pretty much defund education and the police. And people support this…without really understanding the long term consequences.
March 30, 2022 at 9:03 am
> And people support this…without really understanding the long term consequences.<
We celebrated a flax tax as "fair for everyone" when in fact, it is not fair for low income earners. We celebrated the fact within five year, our state budget will have to be cut by 20% because of two monstrous tax cuts. That's when property taxes will jump and services will be cut. And people support this. I just can't with the current majority party in Iowa. It makes it easier to find some place else to live once retirement comes. Or even if it doesn't, a new home may not be a bad thing for us. If we continue down this road, I cannot see us as Iowans much longer which makes me so angry and sad.
March 31, 2022 at 5:54 am
Unfortunately, like us, no matter where you go to live…all of those ‘tax savings and cuts’ will strain public education…and the pensions, which could eventually be eliminated. It’s just crazy madness!
March 31, 2022 at 6:07 am
Kansas is the prime example. They eliminated all the taxes, education was just about ruined, and ‘businesses’ started leaving the state saying they would not operate in a state without education. Kansas is now repealing all of those laws.
April 1, 2022 at 10:28 am
>Kansas is now repealing all of those laws.<
In 5 years, I see us doing much of the same. But it has to get a whole lot worse before it can get better.
March 30, 2022 at 7:19 am
I’m really sorry to hear this. I sure hope it doesn’t pass in the senate. 🤞🏻😤
March 30, 2022 at 8:57 am
I don’t know. You think when you “grow up” you’ll get things figured out, but the rules keep changing and it never happens.
March 30, 2022 at 2:23 pm
I’ve been reading this on Twitter, and, although not in Iowa and not even in the US, I can feel the rage and sense of betrayal teachers have been feeling. I’m so sorry for everything. Homes do make us feel betrayed ever so often by changing policies.
April 1, 2022 at 10:32 am
And that sense of rage and betrayal is becoming a sense of apathy, which is scary for me because once that hits, it’s hard to get away from it.
April 1, 2022 at 4:29 pm
I know. I’ve seen it happen it for different reasons in my own country.