After Republicans moved to limit access to an education public hearing last week, House Democrats will live stream the hearing on Monday night so Iowans can watch and listen. Iowans can go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iowahousedemocrats and watch the proceedings live.
“The public hearing is for legislators and Iowans to listen to parents, teachers, and school officials about the impact of the Republican school funding plan on our kids,” said Rep. Patti Ruff, Ranking Member of the House Education Committee. “While the Speaker is limiting access and refusing to open up the House Chamber, we’re going to make sure Iowans can participate and listen to the speakers at the public hearing.”
As of Friday, over 50 people had already signed up to speak at the public hearing that starts at 7 pm in the Supreme Court Chamber at the State Capitol. The room is not big enough to hold all 150 legislators and the public.
The hearing is to gather input from Iowans on a Republican school funding plan that provides only a 1.25% increase in supplemental aid next school year, which would be the 3rd lowest on record and drop Iowa to 40th nationally in per student state funding.
Iowans can sign up to speak at the public hearing until 4 pm today by calling 515-281-5129 or going on-line to www.legis.iowa.gov and clicking on “Public Hearing.” Iowans can also submit written testimony that will be shared with legislators on-line at the link above.
Members of the public can also join the discussion on Twitter at #iaedfuture.