The Iowa House prepares to debate a plan by Republicans to decrease support to k-12 schools instead of providing 2 percent growth for next year.

The allowable growth formula sets the amount of state and property tax dollars that funds school districts.  The growth is set by the legislature every year to provide a cost of living adjustment to schools.

Zero percent growth for our schools is simply inadequate.  It will increase class sizes and force consolidation in rural districts.  If Republicans can find $200 million to pay for tax breaks for the biggest corporations in Iowa, we can provide additional support for our schools.

Democrats  supported two percent instead of zero percent growth, the zero percent measure was approved by the Iowa House and now goes to the Senate, which prefers two percent. If zero percent growth becomes law, it would be the first time Iowa has ever provided no growth for our schools.