Statement from State Rep. Sharon Steckman, Member of House Education Committee and retired teacher

“House Democrats believe there is nothing more important than ensuring our students, teachers, and support staff can return to school in a safe and healthy environment. 

The Governor has made a difficult situation worse by failing to recognize that her one size fits all approach falls well short of what’s needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep students, teachers, and school staff safe. 

Instead of working with schools, the Governor is using a gross misrepresentation of legislative intent to put up new roadblocks at the last minute that make the job of Iowa educators on the front-lines more difficult and unsafe.  

We trust our local leaders and educators to determine what is best for their communities.”