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About Us

Iowans for Local Control was launched in 2012 by Shane Vander Hart to fight for control of education policy to go back where it belongs – with parents, communities and their elected school boards.

We want to keep education policy making at home – first and foremost that means parental control.  They are the primary stakeholders in their children’s education, not the Iowa Department of Education or U.S. Department of Education.   We support school choice, but choice that doesn’t have strings attached.

With increasing centralization of education at the state and federal levels parental choice is being marred by state and federal mandates being placed upon public and private schools, creeping into standardized tests that are being required for all students – including homeschooling students, the Iowa Core, increasing infringement on student privacy through data mining, and other education policies that have the potential to move control of education away from homes and communities.  The greatest threat to parental and local control is Iowa’s involvement with the Common Core State Standards.

We also favor local control.   We believe that local school board members who are elected by their community are in the best position to enact education policy, not unelected bureaucrats.

You can contact us at:

Iowans for Local Control
P.O. Box 57184
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 321-5077
[email protected]