Steckman Opposes Third Lowest School Funding Plan in Iowa History
Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City voted against a Republican education plan that will increase class sizes, layoff teachers, and raise property taxes for Iowans next year.
“For far too long, our schools have been asked to do more with less. That’s why I supported a plan to make sure our schools can provide the education our kids need to land a good job or continue their education after high school,” added Steckman. “While the plan was voted down on a party line vote, I’m going to keep listening to parents and school leaders in my district to do what’s best for our community.”
The Republican school funding proposal of 1% this year is the third lowest since 1973 and half of what was recommended by the Governor. A recent survey of superintendents found that any funding increase below 2% would force schools to: raise class size (71%); layoff teachers (61%); delay textbook purchases (65%); and reduce class offerings for kids (58%).
Continuing to shortchange public schools will lead to school closures, especially in rural areas
“After six years of the lowest investments in public schools in history, I’m disappointed Republican lawmakers refused to compromise with the Governor and do what’s best for our schools,” added Steckman. “The future of our economy depends on a highly skilled workforce and investing in our public schools is essential to building the workforce we need.”
The bill, Senate File 166, now goes to the Governor for his signature.