School choice is the solution to divisions over education

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt issued a temporary restraining order stopping the enforcement of the mask mandate ban that the Iowa Legislature passed and Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law. This ruling sent Iowa parents into a quandary, wondering what to do next, finding their children are again being used in a cruel game of tug-of-war. 

Iowa school districts have been reconsidering what they will, or won’t, require of their students. Parents on both sides of the mask issue are using different data sources and arguments to support their point of view at school board meetings and organized demonstrations. These battles playing out in full view of everyone are about more than just masks and COVID-19. They really all come down to asking: Who is in control of our children?