Parents from across Iowa joined together on January 31 at the state capitol building to speak with legislators about the importance of public school options.
A few students, enrolled in virtual education programs, even tagged along to learn first-hand about the legislative process.
“We’ve been learning about the three branches of government in our virtual classes,” said Diane Siebrecht, whose granddaughter attends virtual school. “It was amazing to show her first-hand the legislative chambers and introduce her to Iowa’s legislators.”
The parents were at the capitol to advocate for Senate File 475, a bill that would remove the cap on virtual school enrollment and allow virtual students to participate in certain co- and extra-curricular activities.
“Virtual education has been a blessing for my child,” Jen Wubben, a parent with children in Iowa Connections Academy said. “My son has a very serious allergy and a public school setting could be dangerous for him. Virtual school has given him the opportunity to learn in a safe environment. It’s absolutely wrong that certain parents in the future will be denied this vital choice because of an artificial cap on enrollment. We hope the House and Senate will pass this bill and send it to the governor as soon as possible.”
Charlie Szold, who manages Iowa’s PublicSchoolOptions.org coalition, joined the parents to lend support.
“Parents are the strongest advocates for their children, and it’s always a pleasure watching moms and dads realize how powerful their voice can be,” Szold said. “Thank you to the legislators who took time to meet with those who have the deepest stake in the education of Iowa’s children.”