Delivering K-12 Funding – $32 Million
Iowa is a leader in K-12 education funding, investing hundreds of millions of dollars in new money since 2011. A recent report said Iowa is “bucking the trend nationally,” and is fourth best in the nation in funding increases.
House Republicans have continually made K-12 education funding a top priority for the state. While other areas of the state budget have seen reductions in recent years, House Republicans have protected schools from any cuts during this time.
These investments are paying off as Iowa leads the country in high school graduation rates and student’s ACT scores are among the best in the nation.
House Republicans’ record on schools is strong:
- $3.2 billion in annual funding
- $765 million increase over FY11 (30%)
- 2,363 new teachers
- Student to teacher ratio has dropped every year since FY11
The House will also continue working on the K-12 package announced last week to provide schools with:
- More funding, including transportation support
- More infrastructure
- More flexibility
- More innovation
Democrats continue their annual false talking points, arguing that this increase in funding will lead to teacher layoffs and higher class sizes. Nonpartisan data has proven otherwise: