Ed Funding Wish List

The 86th General Assembly’s first legislative session opens January 12, 2015 and the education funding wish list is already adding up:

  • ISEA supports six percent supplemental state aid (formerly known as allowable growth–about $200 million)
  • DE requests an additional $50 million for the Teacher Leadership and Compensation system, $1 million to implement the system, and another $1 million for the school principal support system.
  • DE requests $13.7 million for various reading programs, including $2 million for the Iowa Reading Research Center.
  • Legislators are talking about the need to address school funding inequities related to districts with relatively high transportation costs and districts with relatively low property values.
  • Connect Every Acre broadband initiative, while being couched in terms of connecting farmers, will be needed to ensure every school is ready for online assessments if the Legislature adopts the Assessment Task Force recommendations.

And for 2016-2017:

  • The Assessment Task Force recommends new assessments and professional development (millions).
  • Full funding of the Teacher Leadership Compensation system ($150 million annually).

From The Gazette:

Branstad was non-committal on how much money the state could afford for state supplemental aid to schools beyond the money already earmarked for education reform and higher education.

“We’ve got to look at the whole big picture and we’ve got to look at all of education and what we’re doing for both K-12 and higher education,” he told reporters.

“Education is an important priority,” the governor added. “But we have to look at the whole picture and what is affordable and sustainable for the long term. We’ve already projected significant additional money going into the education program as well as property tax relief and I want to make sure those commitments are maintained” before deciding how much new money can be spent.