The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Iowa K-12 and School Choice Survey

Released: 10/8/2013

Author(s): Paul DiPerna

The “Iowa K-12 & School Choice Survey” project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures Iowa registered voters’ familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms. We report response levels and differences of voter opinion, as well as the intensity of those responses.

 
Where do Iowans stand on important issues and policy proposals in K-12 education? We try to provide some brief observations and insights in this paper.
 
A randomly selected and statistically representative sample of Iowa voters responded to 17 substantive questions and 12 demographic questions. A total of 605 telephone interviews were conducted in English from June 24 to July 2, 2013, by means of both landline and cell phone. Statistical results have been weighted to correct for known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the statewide sample is ± 4.0 percentage points.

Programs

School Tuition Organization Tax Credit

Enacted 2006 • Launched 2006

Iowa provides a credit on individual income taxes for donations to School Tuition Organizations (STOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships. The credit is worth 65 percent of the donation’s value, which also is limited by a statewide cap. A maximum of $12 million in tax credits is available. Each STO is able to grant tax credits to its donors up to its share of the statewide limit, with each STO’s share determined by the enrollment at the schools it serves. Corporate donations are able to constitute up to 25 percent of the $12 million cap.

Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit

Enacted 1987 • Launched 1987

Iowa provides parents of students in any private or public school a tax credit covering educational expenses, including tuition, books, and lab or activity fees. The credit is worth a maximum of $250.

News

10/26/2013 Des Moines Register | Another View: School choice is education reform that will help kids
10/9/2013 Radio Iowa | Iowa’s private, parochial schools push for “educational savings accounts”
10/8/2013 Iowa voters support public schools, favor expanding school choice
10/8/2013 Sioux City Journal | Poll: Iowans support school vouchers

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