Iowa Senate Passes 4 Percent School Funding Increase for Fiscal 2015

Friday, February 15, 2013

Majority Democrats in the Iowa Senate voted Thursday to approve a 4 percent increase in state aid for K-12 public school districts for the fiscal 2015 budget year.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, floor manager of Senate File 162, said the action to boost state aid by $114 million in the fiscal 2015 state budget was needed to comply with state law, and to provide some planning certainty and adequate funding for Iowa’s 348 school districts.

“We are acting amid growing concerns by Iowa parents, teachers and school boards that K12 students will be ‘stiffed’ this year,” Quirmbach said before senators passed Senate File 162 on a 26-22 party line vote.

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