STATEMENT: Gov. Kim Reynolds Threatens Lives of Iowa Students

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For Immediate Release: July 17, 2020

Contact: Ivy Beckenholdt, (515) 259-0394

Des Moines, Iowa — Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to Gov. Kim Reynolds announcing that Iowa schools must prioritize in-person learning in the coming school year:

“More students, educators, and Iowans will get sick and die because of Governor Reynold’s announcement today.”

“Forcing kids back into the classroom when Iowa is a coronavirus ‘red zone’ according to the White House is completely inexcusable. Case counts are rising, we’re one of only two states without any mask requirements, and the entire response from the Reynolds administration has been a failure. The Governor may just want this crisis to be over, but it can’t be wished away by pretending we’re back to normal. We need real leadership and tough decisions to be made, and I’m afraid we’re never going to get it from her.”

“Iowa students shouldn’t be the subject of Kim Reynolds dangerous and twisted science experiment. Their lives matter more than she is giving them credit for.”



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