School Choice Bill Passed

January 24, 2023

Dear Sacred Heart School Family,

Today we celebrate a win for Iowa families– the ability for families to choose the education that best meets their child’s needs! The Students First Act has been passed in both the Iowa House and Senate. It was signed into law by Governor Reynolds this morning with a large crowd of supporters at the capitol. ESAs will now be a reality for Iowa families beginning with the 23-24 school year and beyond! Thanks to all of you who shared your voice with your legislators and friends.

There is much to do, and much that remains unknown, but here is what we can tell you. We will maintain our focus on our Catholic identity and core values. There is nothing in this legislation that requires us to stray from our mission and vision. This bill will not restrict or make changes to the academic and faith-based curriculum we offer today as accredited schools in the state of Iowa. Our Catholic faith will continue to be at the core of all we do.

Over the next few weeks and months, we will learn more about the details of how the ESA program will be implemented. We ask for your patience and grace as we learn, implement, and communicate about this opportunity for families. We will continue to communicate with you as more information becomes available. Until then, please review the information below to learn more about how ESAs could impact your family and invite others to consider our school for their family.

How will the ESA work?
Parents who choose to enroll their children in an accredited nonpublic school will receive $7,598, the amount of per pupil funds allocated annually by the state, to use for tuition, fees, and other qualified expenses.

ESA Eligibility:
ESAs will be available based on the following eligibility:

Information on School Choice Law implementation
FPL: Federal Poverty Level

Again, we thank you for your help and support in making this a reality. May God continue to bless us abundantly as we prepare to serve all families who desire a Catholic education.

Mrs. Eldridge