Iowa Educators Protest Governor’s Back To School Proclamation Friday
Friday educators from around Iowa united to protests the back to school proclamation by Governor Kim Reynolds. They feel the mandate Reynolds issued earlier this month puts them in danger due to the covid-19 pandemic. Reportedly, over 600 people have joined the movement to protest the Governor’s proclamation. The protest was a “drive-thru” that has been named “Drive For Lives Iowa: Educators And Allies For A Safer Return To Learning”. They are asking that Reynolds rescind the proclamation earlier this month that mandates 50% in person class room learning for Iowa schools. The educators say they feel local school district leadership should make the decision on what is the safest way to return to school this fall. Dan Gutman is a Special Education teacher in Des Moines who originally organized the demonstration. Educators were told to stay in there cars during the protest, which began at Des Moines East High School with protesters driving from there to the Statehouse.