The Iowa Senate has voted to approve legislation that would provide more than $200 million in additional school funding for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Senate voted on Wednesday to approve three bills dealing with school funding. Funding for the 2014-2015 school year has already been established. In remarks on the Senate floor, Senator Daryl Beall says under the bill, taxpayers in each district won't pay for any part of the increase:
Under state law, the General Assembly is supposed to set funding for elementary and secondary education over a year in advance, though House Republicans have not always followed that rule in recent years.