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Iowa lawmakers send 2.5% school funding increase to governor

Posted at 9:21 AM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 10:21:52-05

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 unsuccesfully attempted to amend the bill to increase state aid by 5%, or $300 million.

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