After listening to Iowa school leaders, teachers and parents, House Democrats voted to keep schools open and prevent higher class sizes next year by boosting the state’s investment to public schools by $133 million.

Over the last ten years, students have received an increase of just 32 cents per day and 126 schools have closed. School leaders across the state have said the continued low funding isn’t keeping up with rising costs and hampers their ability to train the next generation of Iowa workers.

The $133 million plan offered by House Democrats on Tuesday was a 3% increase in basic funding for public schools.  However, the plan was turned down on a party line vote.  Debate on school funding is still unresolved as majority party lawmakers in the House and Senate have still not agreed to a public school funding plan.

The bill now goes back to the Senate for further consideration.