K-12 funding measures advance

K-12 funding measures advance

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Education committees in the House and Senate each passed different K-12 funding bills last week to boost financial resources for Iowa’s 327 public districts next school year.

The House panel voted 12-10 to advance legislation that would give Iowa school districts an 2.5 percent increase in state supplemental aid in fiscal 2021.

Across the rotunda, senators voted 8-5 to approve a 2.1 percent boost next year.

The Senate panel also unanimously approved a separate measure to provide more equity and transportation funding.

Overall, the House GOP education plan calls for a nearly $108 million increase for K-12 schools next year, while Senate Republicans’ approach is in the $92 million range.

House and Senate negotiators are expected to hammer out a compromise soon with a Feb. 13 deadline approaching.

Democrats in both chambers opposed the GOP bills, saying the proposed funding levels were inadequate and failed to keep pace with inflation.

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