The Republican Party has controlled the Iowa Legislature and governor’s office for quite some time. And, every year, having the majority, they continue to tell us how much they support public education and all the folks who make that massive machine go, educating kids. As we now know, Gov. Kim Reynolds has decided to close all public schools for the remainder of the year, with regrets, as she talks of her deep respect for Iowa’s educational system.
Lost in all of the chaos of the last several weeks, was an article reporting that Reynolds has appointed a West Des Moines lawyer to replace Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins who retired. Oh, and the lawyer Reynolds appointed is the same one who lead the team defending the state of Iowa against a lawsuit filed against a law passed by a Republican led Legislature in 2017 significantly reducing Iowa public employee bargaining rights. As some of us older educators remember; a bipartisan law was passed by Gov. Robert Ray a Republican and a Democratic Legislature, giving Iowa public employees full bargaining rights. I think we in the teaching profession would be willing to place bets on the fact that millions of parents across this nation stuck at home with K-12 kids — all crawling the walls — would agree that teachers are also heroes. Just another group like the health care folks who do all of this work every day, unnoticed, until the wheels come off!