Iowa superintendents overwhelmingly believe state lawmakers should quickly set basic school aid for schools next year, as required by state law. Overwhelmingly (98%), 214 superintendents who responded oppose a plan by the Governor and House Majority to wait until the 2015 legislative session to set allowable growth for the 2015-2016 school year.
Several members of the Iowa House and Senate have offered a plan to increase school aid by 6% next year.The Iowa Senate voted last week for a 6% increase in local school funding for the 2015-16 school year (SF 2079 and SF 2077). Superintendents said, when allowable grown is passed that their top priorities would be expanding early literacy, implementing Iowa’s common core curriculum, and reducing class sizes.
Nearly every superintendent (99%) said education dollars would be used more effectively if lawmakers followed the law and set basic aid to education a year and a half in advance.
By state law, the Legislature is required to act on school funding within 30 days, and this year, that is February 13.
The survey results from the 219 superintendents:
– 99% believe the 2015 legislative session should set allowable growth for the 2015-16 school year
– 99% believe the legislature should set allowable growth a year and a half in advance
– 95% believe we should keep the Core Curriculum standards for all Iowa schools
– 98% believe we should continue to invest in preschool to all Iowa 4-year olds