SCHOOL FUNDING DEBATE HEATS UP IN IOWA HOUSE

SCHOOL FUNDING DEBATE HEATS UP IN IOWA HOUSE

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There was more debate at the statehouse, but no resolution Thursday over the proper timing of the legislature’s decision on state funding for schools.

Iowa law requires the decision to be made 18 months before a school year starts — and Friday is the deadline for making that decision.

Republicans want to get rid of the law and, instead, set the level of general state aid to schools once every two years.

Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, and Republican Representative Ron Jorgensen of Sioux City, who heads the House Education Committee, quarreled about it during House debate.


OC…….and school districts.” :17

The bill Jorgensen and House Republicans passed won’t be discussed in the Senate, where Democrats control the debate agenda.

Democrats propose a six-percent increase in general state funding for schools for the academic year that begins in the fall of 2015.

Jorgenson says it’s no wonder school officials are lined up behind that plan.


OC….choose the Cadillac.” :09

The Iowa legislature voted last year to boost the general level of state support for schools by two percent for the current school year and by four percent during the school year that begins this fall.

From Radio Iowa