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Iowa Association of Christian Schools leader predicts more private schools will start due to state ESAs


September 27th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – The interim outreach director for the Iowa Association of Christian Schools says the new state-fund Education Savings Account program is likely to lead to the opening of more private schools. “This is going to open up ways for schools to begin.”

That’s Josh Bowar, who is also head of school at Sioux Center Christian School. Forty-two Iowa counties do not have a private school. Seventy-five counties do not have a private high school. Bowar says there are discussions. “This has really provided a pathway forward for schools of all kinds to be able to start,” Bowar says, “and that parents can have that choice to open those other opportunities.”

Bowar made his comments during a recent appearance on Iowa Press on Iowa P-B-S. He is an administrator at one of the 15 private schools in Sioux County. Just over six percent of all applications for a taxpayer-funded account to cover private school expenses came from Sioux County.