Dems: School funding compromise heads off additional uncertainty

March 22, 2016
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March 22, 2016

Statement by Senator Tod Bowman of Maquoketa
Co-Chair of the Conference Committee on Senate Files 174 and 175

 

“I’m glad the House and Senate have agreed to a compromise on school funding.  The 2.25% agreement appears to be the best we can get, and it’s past time to let school boards know how much state aid they’ll receive for next year’s budgets.

“I appreciate everyone’s patience in regards to working through this difficult process and want to specifically thank Representative Jorgenson for his professionalism in working together to resolve this important issue.

“I hope Governor Branstad will agree and approve it in a timely manner.

“I continue to have strong concerns about the low levels of funding that we are providing in the long term for our Iowa local schools.

“Even with this increase, Iowa’s students will have fewer educational opportunities.  I believe we will see more of Iowa’s rural schools being threatened with forced consolidation.

“After several tough years, we need to relook at the whole budget again. Our local schools’ success depends on our ability to provide adequate funding.  That’s what the people of my district want and that’s what I will continue to advocate for at the State Capitol.”

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