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Statehouse Republicans agree to 2.3% school funding boost


Cedar Rapids Gazette: Public K-12 schools in Iowa are in line for a 2.3% state funding boost under an agreement reached Tuesday by state lawmakers. The increase in general state aid is scheduled for the 2020-21 school budget year, and amounts to $85.6 million statewide in new funding amid a $3.4 billion public K-12 education budget, legislative leaders said. The funding increase is a down-the-middle compromise between the legislative chambers, both of which are controlled by Republicans. Previously, the House passed a 2.5% increase — which matched Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal — and the Senate passed a 2.1% increase. Legislative Democrats proposed a 3% increase.

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