Sign the Petition!
Republican lawmakers at the State Capitol are trying to fast track their bill to shortchange public schools because they don’t want to listen to Iowans.
They’ve proposed just a 1.1% increase next year, which is even below the 2% recommended by the Governor. If approved, their plan for public schools (House File 136) next year will be the 7th year in a row of historical low funding for our public schools. According to Iowa Superintendents, any funding increase of 2% or below from the Legislature would force local schools to: raise class size (71%); layoff teachers (61%); delay textbook purchases (65%); and reduce class offerings for kids (58%).
This year, Republicans gave out over $500 million in new corporate tax breaks and credits, but their funding plan for public schools is just 1/10th the cost of those corporate tax giveaways.
If Republican lawmakers continue to shortchange our public schools, there will be more school closures, especially in rural areas. Republican lawmakers and Lt. Governor Reynolds are also crafting a voucher bill to shift hundreds of millions in our tax dollars from public schools to homeschools and private schools instead.
Sign our petition below and tell Republican lawmakers to put Iowa public schools first again.