Iowa lawmakers send 2.5% school funding increase to governor

State lawmakers voted to give schools a 2.5 percent increase in funding for the next school year.
Published: Feb. 14, 2022 at 9:48 PM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are sending to Gov. Kim Reynolds a school funding bill that offers a 2.5% increase from the current year.

The Iowa Senate passed the bill Monday, adopting the House version of the bill approved on Friday. The Senate had initially proposed a 2.25% increase but opted to accept the House bill. It now goes to Reynolds, who also had proposed 2.5% increase in her budget. The bill would increase K-12 funding to just over $7,400 per pupil, up from the current $7,200.

The cost is estimated to be around $172 million. Democrats unsuccessfully attempted to amend the bill to increase state aid by 5%, or $300 million.

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