Iowa House Democrats called for a special session today to override Governor Branstad’s veto of $56 million for k-12 schools and make educating Iowa students a top priority again.

“For a year and a half, Republicans have failed to adequately fund education and left our schools in crisis. House Democrats are standing with parents, teachers, and business leaders today and calling for a special session to override the Governor’s veto to make educating our kids a top priority again,” said House Democratic Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown.

Late Thursday before the holiday weekend, Governor Branstad vetoed the $56 million compromise on k-12 school funding. In order to hold a special session, two-thirds of Iowa lawmakers must sign a petition to return to the State Capitol.

“The Governor’s veto shows us exactly what Republicans really think of public education and we know the result of their hostility to education: larger class sizes, fewer quality teachers, and higher property taxes,” added Smith.

“Democrats have been fighting hard to make K-12 public education our top priority and we’re going to keep pushing because the future of Iowa’s economy depends on it. We know education is critical to prepare Iowans to compete for good jobs, to strengthen our rural communities, and to attract employers,” said Smith. “It’s time to end the impasse and avoid cutbacks at local schools.”