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Iowa educators, students will get 'serious money' under tentative deal, lawmakers says – Des Moines Register

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During her 2019 Condition of the State address, Kim Reynolds says her budget, submitted today, includes almost $3.4 billion in preK-12 investment. Kelsey Kremer, kkremer@dmreg.com

Iowa educators and students will get “serious money” for the upcoming school year under a tentative deal announced Monday by Iowa Republicans.

House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, a Clear Lake Republican, said GOP leadership in the House and Senate agreed privately to spend $78.6 million in new dollars for K-12 education for the budget year that begins in July.

“We’re talking about serious money,” she said. “We’ve made a serious attempt to increase revenue to schools.”

Upmeyer said an additional $7.8 million would be spent on school transportation expenses; and another $2.9 million for per-pupil equity issues would translate to a $5-per-pupil increase.

Iowa Democrats aren’t impressed, in part because they noted it’s less than what Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said she was seeking. Democrats also believe if Reynolds’ proposed spending had been met, it still wouldn’t be enough.

Reynolds included a request for $89.5 million in new money for K-12 education in her Condition of the State address last month. That dollar figure did not account for the transportation and per-pupil equity costs although she has proposed additional money for such expenses.

“We wanted to be be very close to the governor’s total number,” Upmeyer said.

A spokesman for Reynolds declined to comment Monday.

Last year, the Republican-controlled Legislature approved about $32 million in new money for schools.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames and a ranking member of the Senate Education Committee, said the proposed total was not enough for Iowa’s educators. He said it’s disappointing that Republicans are undercutting the governor’s proposed spending.

“Senate Democrats will support a robust education funding plan that will make up for inflationary losses over the past two years and provide a modest increase as well,” Quirmbach said in a statement.

Upmeyer defended the funding and highlighted the cumulative total spent on K-12 since Republicans took control of the House chamber.

A subcommittee of House lawmakers is scheduled to meet to discuss the plan later this week.

The state is expected to spend nearly $3.4 billion on K-12 education for the upcoming state budget. Reynolds has proposed spending about $7.6 billion for the same budget.

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