Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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House backs the fair, not the schools

That the Iowa House has passed a bill effectively declaring the State Fair to be more important than K-12 education is disgraceful.

That legislators would put the needs and wants of tourism interest groups above those of community school districts speaks volumes to the misconstrued priorities of the current Iowa political climate.

Local school districts deserve the autonomy to set schedules based on the needs of their unique communities, be they rural or urban. The state has no right to interfere, let alone backhandedly push State Fair attendance or West Lake Okoboji vacations.  

Many Iowans do not live within driving distance of the fair, and many have no desire to attend or participate. As many dissidents have noted, family budgets continue to be stretched, and extended vacations aren't an option.

Yet again, the House of Representatives and Gov. Terry Branstad have shown that they are not willing to put the needs of everyday Iowans first.

Samantha Bouwers
UI graduate student

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