Legislative Update 2/4 [updated]

The Senate passed SF51 and SF52 last week setting allowable growth at 4% for the 2013-14 school year.  These bills were referred to the House Education Committee today.

The Senate also passed SF53 last week, which would establish a school district property tax replacement fund (which I gather is meant for the state to fund 100% of allowable growth from July 2013 onward rather than cause an increase in property taxes to pay for a portion of it).  This bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee today.

Lobbyists for the Urban Education Network of Iowa, the Iowa Association of School Boards, and the School Administrators of Iowa are registered in favor of all three bills.

The House Education Subcommittee on HSB4 (the Governor’s proposed education bill) is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, February 5th at 5:00 pm to discuss Division 5 of the bill.  This is the final section of the bill dealing with teacher career pathways and compensation.

Update: The Gazette reports plans to move education reform quickly through the House:

Last week, House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, R-Garner, mapped out a schedule for Branstad’s education reform proposal, saying a House subcommittee would move it forward this week, the House Education would take action on it next week, and the full Iowa House would debate it the week after that.

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