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Education Association opposed to zero percent growth rate

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 05, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa State Education Association is opposed to the possibility of a 0 percent allowable growth in the budget proposal for Iowa public schools, said association President Chris Bern.

It does not allow school’s money to cover higher costs of living, he said.

“We’re hoping that there is going to be a compromise between 0 and 2 percent,” he said. “We hope it’s closer to 2 percent.”

According to the Education Association, approximately 1,500 jobs would be eliminated if the Iowa Republican Party’s proposal is passed by the state Legislature.

The deadline for schools to notify staff about layoffs is April 30.

— by Allie Wright


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