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Linn-Mar Board of Directors attend IASB "Day on the Hill"
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 8th, 2018

A number of members of the Linn-Mar school board traveled with Superintendent Quintin Shepherd to Des Moines on January 30. They attended the Iowa School Board Association "Day on the Hill" event.

Board members Nelson, Lausen, Weaver and Wall were able to listen to Governor Reynolds. They also met with Iowa State Education Director Ryan Wise and a number of local legislators.

Among the issues they shared with legislators was the potential impact of education savings accounts on public schools.

Legislation introduced into the Iowa House of Representatives by Chris Hagenow, Jake Highfill and Peter Cownie (all Republicans from Polk County) would provide "education savings grants for pupils attending a nonpublic school or receiving competent private instruction." [House File 2090]

Similar legislation has been introduced into the Iowa Senate by Mark Chelgren (R-Ottumwa). [Senate File 2091]

This is a critical subject and all residents throughout the state of Iowa should examine the two bills which pertain to this issue.

The current legislative session in Des Moines operates with a number of key dates. The February 5 Board Book from Linn-Mar contains a list of these dates and explains them briefly. The following is the information from the Board Book.

February 16, First Funnel - Bills can only move forward if they have been passed out of committee in their own chamber (the Iowa Senate or House).

February 19-23 - The Senate and House can only consider their own bills.

March 16, Second Funnel - Bills can only move forward if they have been passed out of committee in the opposite chamber.

March 19-23 - The Senate and House can only consider bills from the opposite chamber.

April 17 - This is the 100th day of the legislative session and traditionally the end of the session.
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