open enrollment

Reynolds signs voluntary diversity ban into law, extends open enrollment for five districts

BY: - May 10, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law Monday afternoon that bans voluntary diversity plans at Iowa schools. School districts will no longer be able to restrict open enrollment to promote diversity at an institution. The change will affect five school districts: Des Moines, Davenport and Waterloo, which have socioeconomic metrics of diversity, and West […]

Senate narrowly approves bill expanding school options

BY: - January 28, 2021

After a sometimes emotional debate, the Iowa Senate on Thursday narrowly approved Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to expand state support for certain students who want to attend a nonpublic or charter school or transfer to a different public district. The Senate approved Senate Filed 159 on a 26-21 vote. It needed 26 votes to pass. […]

Bill would end Iowa school districts’ voluntary diversity plans

BY: - February 17, 2020

An Iowa law aimed at desegregating schools by restricting wealthier students from leaving low-income districts may be eliminated in favor of giving more school choice for families. Senate File 119 would eliminate “voluntary diversity” plans that five low-income districts use to restrict higher-earning families from enrolling out students. Schools that qualify for a diversity plan […]