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Iowans Lose Education Funding and Mental Health Services because Republicans Ignore Call for Special Session

By |2015-07-30T12:02:47-05:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

With the new school year starting in a few weeks, Republican lawmakers ignored their constituents and refused the call for a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s reckless veto of $56 million for Iowa schools, university funding to prevent tuition increases, and the loss of urgently needed mental health services. “The compromises legislators reached had strong [...]

Opening Comments by State Rep. Patti Ruff on 6% Supplemental State Aid

By |2015-01-28T08:25:44-05:00January 27th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Opening Comments by State Rep. Patti Ruff on 6% Supplemental State Aid Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Our amendment will set supplemental state aid at 6%. This amount wasn’t plucked out of thin air. This is the number that all public school organizations are asking for -- school boards, teachers, administrators, urban and rural schools – everyone.  [...]

House Republicans Limit Access to Education Public Hearing

By |2015-01-23T14:24:44-05:00January 23rd, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

A public hearing scheduled Monday at the State Capitol to gather input from Iowans on Republican school funding plans has been scheduled in a committee room that isn’t big enough to hold legislators and the public. “The public hearing is for legislators to listen to parents, teachers, school officials, and Iowans about the impact of the [...]

Superintendents Survey: Branstad Education Plan will Result in Fired Teachers, Overcrowed Classrooms

By |2015-01-23T14:41:22-05:00January 22nd, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

If approved, Governor Branstad’s education budget will hurt Iowa’s k12 schools, according to a survey of Iowa’s superintendents. “Superintendents told us the governor’s budget will send our schools in the wrong direction, resulting in fired teachers, crowded classes, outdated textbooks, and fewer choices for Iowa students,” said Senator Herman Quirmbach of Ames, chair of the Senate [...]

Request for Public Hearing on Republican School Funding Plan

By |2015-01-22T09:18:09-05:00January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , |

A group of lawmakers requested a special public hearing today at the State Capitol to gather input from Iowans on Republican school funding plans. “The Republican plan isn’t good enough. We’ve already heard from many school leaders that it will short change Iowa kids and reduce opportunities for our students,” said Rep. Patti Ruff, Ranking Member [...]

2014 Session Recap: School Funding Not Acted Upon Before Adjournment

By |2014-06-09T15:51:46-05:00June 18th, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

While approved by the Iowa Senate, several attempts were made this session by House Democrats to set basic funding for Iowa schools, as required by law. The Iowa Senate acted on school funding, often called allowable growth, on time to prioritize k-12 education in the state budget. The plan set school funding at 6% increase, or [...]

School Leaders Urge Quick Action on School Aid

By |2014-02-10T15:06:15-05:00February 6th, 2014|Categories: Education, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iowa superintendents overwhelmingly believe state lawmakers should quickly set basic school aid for schools next year, as required by state law. Overwhelmingly (98%), 214 superintendents who responded oppose a plan by the Governor and House Majority to wait until the 2015 legislative session to set allowable growth for the 2015-2016 school year. Several members of the [...]

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