Lawmakers approve zero allowable growth for schools

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 09, 2011 7:10 AM

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The Iowa House voted 60-37 to approve a 0 percent “allowable growth” for the state’s public schools budgets for next two budget years.

Rep. Greg Forristall, R-Macedonia, who proposed the bill, said Iowa schools will receive $216 million, which includes $156 million the Legislature promised the schools last year, and will allocate an additional $47 million from property taxes over the next two years.

Forristall said the proposal does not mean the school districts get more money, but funds “promised to the school systems by previous Legislatures.”

The school growth budget includes the teacher-salary supplement, professional-development supplement, and the early intervention supplement, according to the file.

“There may be a few districts with a slight decrease in money, but in the end this is the largest commitment to K-12 ever made,” Forristall said.

— by Ariana Witt

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