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Democrat for Iowa Governor responds to school choice bill

Democratic Candidate Andy McGuire told KTVO it's OK for families to choose private education over public, but those families should be responsible for picking up the extra cost/Beth Waldon

A Waterloo Democrat in the race for governor is making public education a priority.

House Republicans Tuesday advanced a bill that would expand school choice options for students at the state's expense.

Andy McGuire told KTVO it's OK for families to choose private education over public, but those families should be responsible for picking up the extra cost.

Over the last seven years, McGuire said the state's allowable growth rate has averaged less than 2 percent, which is too low.

“You can't do that and expect to have world class education and we have got to have world class education so that we can be the state we want to be and all of our kids can be the success they want to be," McGuire said.

McGuire made campaign stops in Ottumwa and Packwood Tuesday for a tour of both Tenco Industries and Pekin schools.

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