For yet another year, Iowa’s public schools will endure low state funding and will be forced to raise class size and reduce new opportunities for students next year. When adjusted for inflation, public schools have received just a $33 per student increase over eight years, which is less than 1% each year. Iowa’s per pupil funding is now $1,111 below the national average.
At the same time low funding was approved for public schools, new data was released that found 105 public school buildings have closed their doors over the last several years. Iowans already know that closing public schools has a devastating impact on neighborhoods, small towns, and rural communities.
Over the last several years, public school funding has become a low priority for Majority Party lawmakers who have approved billions in new tax giveaways to corporations, special interests, and the wealthy instead.