Iowa Senate Approves Increase in School Funding
The Iowa Senate has approved an increase in funding to local schools. Senator Darryl Beal ultimately cast the deciding vote to approve a 4% increase in local school funding. The four percent increase, or $135 million dollars, equals the 40-year average increase in investment in local students. Last year, schools received a 2% increase, which was preceded by a 0% increase in 2011. In a statement, Beal said the time is now to invest in student achievement and "bring financial stability back to school budgets". The measure was passed by a 26-23 vote.