Des Moines Schools May Hire Own Lobbyist

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines school board has scheduled a vote on whether to hire its own lobbyist and raise the district's influence in the state Capitol hallways and meeting rooms.

The Des Moines Register says the board is expected to vote on the proposal Tuesday. The district would be the first in the state to have its own lobbyist, if the measure were to pass.

The Des Moines district is a founding member of the Urban Education Network and would continue to be active with its lobbying efforts.

District spokesman Phil Roeder says having a lobbyist of its own would let the board focus the lobbyist's efforts on issues the board considers to be the most important.

A lobbying firm likely will cost between $15,000 and $30,000 a year.

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