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 of the House Education Committee.  “Education is a critical issue this year and we believe it’s important to gather more input from Iowans before the full vote in the Iowa House.”

On a party line vote, Republicans on the House Education Committee approved a plan that Iowa schools get a 1.25% increase in supplemental aid next year, which would be the 2nd lowest on record for Iowa.  The plan would force half of Iowa school districts to raise property taxes just to keep the same level of funding for next year.

The lawmakers made the public hearing request during the House Education Committee today. The Speaker of the House will set the date and time for the public hearing but must give at least 5 days notice.  Iowans will be able to testify in person at the State Capitol or submit testimony via email.