Just a day after approving the education reform bill, House Republicans outlined their shell game to pay for the reforms by taking $20 million from class size reduction funds that Iowa schools already receive.

“Raising class sizes in the early grades is a step in the wrong direction and will counter new efforts to improve literacy before 3rd grade,” said House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines. “It’s not just robbing Peter to pay Paul, it’s taking money from a priority that will result in higher class sizes.”

On a party line vote on Thursday, the House Education Committee approved a bill to take $20 million of the $30 million schools receive for class size reduction block grants. The bill, Senate File 2210, now goes to the House floor.