REPUBLICANS BREAK LAW FOR 6 YEARS IN A ROW; DELAY SCHOOL FUNDING AGAIN
Des Moines, Iowa — For six years in a row, Republicans in the Iowa House have broken state law and refused to set basic state funding for public schools.
“When session began, Republican leaders insisted they wanted to take quick action to resolve the school funding issue this year, but it’s clear that was just empty rhetoric. Republicans in the House have broken the law for six straight years and are refusing to set basic funding for public schools again this year,” said House Democratic Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown.
Iowa’s school funding law says lawmakers must set K-12 school funding 18 months in advance to guarantee it’s the top budget priority and to give schools time to plan. It forces the Legislature to consider education funding first and then fill in the rest of the state budget later.
“When Republicans break the law and refuse to compromise, it comes at the expense of our kids. We know the constant delays and anemic state investment in Iowa public schools leads to higher class sizes, old textbooks, and outdated technology,” said Smith. “Republicans need to drop the excuses and start listening to school leaders, parents, and students. It’s time to make public schools our top priority again.”
The Iowa Senate has approved a 4% increase in basic state funding for public schools on Tuesday.