AIM investigation has Iowans fired up about school choice 

June 8, 2022

By Ella Carroll-Smith

When AIM released its recent undercover investigation into how Iowa school administrators are skirting laws to sneak CRT talking points into their curriculum, Iowa listened. Our video garnered 1.1 million views, with nearly half of them coming from the state of Iowa. Now, Iowa voters are making sure that their voices get heard and politicians do something about what’s happening in Iowa schools. 

In the wake of our investigation, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) extended the legislative session to pass sweeping school choice legislation that would help to ensure that tax dollars fund individual students —not corrupt public schools. Reynolds also discussed our investigation with the media and said that it made the case for school choice even stronger. However, her legislation failed by just a few votes. 

After the bill failed, Reynolds endorsed challengers to anti-school choice Republican incumbents in primary elections — the same incumbents who blocked her legislation. Last night, four of the incumbents were defeated, including House Education Committee Chair Dustin Hite, who was also backed by the teachers union. Pro-school choice candidates won open seats as well. 

With all of these pro-school choice candidates, Iowa is now in an even more powerful position to pass a school choice bill in next year’s session. None of this might have happened without Iowans having been educated about their public school system, which underscores just how important these types of investigations are. 

Corrupt administrators at public schools will find ways to indoctrinate kids no matter what laws legislators pass. That’s why we need to hold public officials accountable and ensure that public dollars go towards funding students, not school officials. 

Parents deserve to have a choice in where their children go to school, who teaches them, and what they learn. Every day, the team at Accuracy in Media is helping make that possible. 


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