[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSB_tzB49y8[/youtube]Early childhood and affordable higher education for veterans were key priorities for the Iowa House of Representatives today when it approved the Education Appropriations Budget.

“In today’s tough economic times, we must make sure every Iowan has access to a quality, affordable education,” said State Representative Cindy Winckler of Davenport, who chairs the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee. “With our difficult budget situation, our top priority this year was to reduce administration costs to keep as many resources in the classroom as possible.”

The Education Appropriations Budget, Senate File 470, appropriates $909.8 million of state moneys to Iowa’s K-12, higher education schools and state education agencies. One priority of the bill was Empowerment Family Support to keep critical services for children from birth to five years.

The bill also offers additional assistance to Iowa veterans. The National Guard Education Assistance Program will receive $3.5 million to help Iowa veterans who plan to enroll in higher education within the state.

“I’m proud we are keeping our commitment to veterans and helping them get the education they deserve after serving our country,” added Winckler.