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Do school vouchers save money and improve academic performance?
14th May 2022 • On Iowa Politics Podcast • The Gazette
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Gov. Kim Reynolds wants to persuade Iowa House Republicans to support an Iowa Senate bill that would provide private school scholarships, or vouchers, supporting a number of claims:

Claim 1: “Public education funding in Iowa has grown $1.12 billion since FY12.”

Claim 2: “For nearly 20 years, math and reading scores for Iowa students have been decreasing.”

Claim 3: “65 studies on the financial impact of school choice found that programs have generated savings for taxpayers …”

Claim 4: “Studies show that private school choice has a positive impact on student attainment, increasing the odds of graduation from high school, enrolling in college and earning a degree.”

Claim 5: “Credible evidence demonstrates that school choice improves academic outcomes even for public schools …”

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This episode of the Fact Checker podcast is hosted by Erin Jordan and features Marissa Payne and Michaela Ramm. The Fact Checker Podcast is produced by Stephen Colbert and music is Lobby Time by Kevin MacLeod