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Choices Parents Face Between IA/IL Schools

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Moline Superintendent Dr. David Moyer says more people are moving to Iowa and leaving behind Illinois schools.  He says it's about all about money.  Illinois is not paying enough for schools and tax payers aren't willing to help right now. Pleasant Valley was just recognized for being a well-rounded school. This past fall, PV won the Bank Iowa Traveling Challenge Cup.  The competition looks at academics, athletics and participation and its growth is just one of the reasons we're finding that some Illinois families are moving to Iowa.

"The better educated kids are, the more choices they have," said Heather Keppy, Pleasant View Elementary parent .  

For Heather Keppy life is all about choices. That's why when she decided to move to the Quad Cities, looking for the best school district for her family was the first priority.  She says schools on the Illinois side weren't an option because she didn't want her children paying for its deficit situation.  

"Illinois wasn't able to pay the bills and then many of the districts are in a deficit situation," said Keppy.  "I was familiar with schools in this part of the state and Pleasant Valley seemed to easily be the very top district in the state. We didn't have kids yet but we knew if we wanted kids that we'd definitely have to live in Pleasant Valley"

It's parents like Keppy that continue to overlook Illinois schools by moving to Iowa that Moline Superintendent David Moyer says worries him most.  Dr. Moyer says between the Quad Cities Iowa schools increasing population and its advanced learning facilities, it's no wonder the district does well.

 "When you've got doctors, lawyers and engineers wanting to live in a certain area, you've got a self selected area where students will do better," said Moyer.  "We are significantly lagging in enhanced facilities. All things we don't have money for.  Voters are so overly reliant on property taxes and we thought this could help."

Those very factors are what remind Keppy  that she made the right decision by moving to Iowa. " I think at the state level and district level education is a priority on the Iowa side," said Keppy.

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