Iowa lawmaker proposes abolition of state Department of Education

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 22, 2012 6:30 AM

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Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, filed a bill Tuesday abolishing the Iowa Department of Education and the State Board of Education.

According to the draft, the responsibilities of the Department of Education would be switched to the Department of Human Services. The Board of Directors for state community colleges and the state Board of Regents would be given more authority in the bill, and it removes certain restrictions established by the department.

The bill would modify how school systems throughout Iowa are funded and would move toward creating a education savings fund for Iowa students.

Though the bill is unlikely to pass the legislative deadline this Friday, Zaun told the Des Moines Register the bill is a statement about education issues.

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