On a straight party line vote, House Republicans turned back a school funding plan supported by school officials, teachers, and parents.
“I’m disappointed that House Republicans have stopped listening to our local school leaders, parents, and teachers. Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard from Iowans across the state that the Republican school funding plan shortchanges our children and will shortchange Iowa’s future,” said Rep. Patti Ruff, Ranking Member of the House Education Committee.
Republicans in the Iowa House voted down the school funding plan supported by educators that provides a 6% increase in basic state aid.
Instead, Republicans want to provide only a 1.25% increase in school aid next year. If signed in to law, the Republican plan would force 48% of Iowa school districts to raise property taxes and drop Iowa to 40th nationally in per student state funding.
The bill, House File 80, now goes to the Senate.