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PostPosted: September 20 17, 1:11 pm 
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A few more things happened since I started this thread. First, a group of high school students, teachers and others went to Des Moines and lobbied the Iowa senate on this issue. They were really receptive and even got Republicans on board. They passed a bill 47-1 that would have slowly brought the lagging districts up to the same funding level as the others over a period of 10 years. It would have also given more transportation funds to rural districts, whose buses have much longer routes. Then the Iowa House refused to take up the bill because it was "too expensive". The reason it's too expensive is because of the business tax cuts they passed in recent years.

After that, the Iowa Board of Education Examiners finally filed an ethics charge against our superintendent for breaking state law. He just responded to it, saying they should drop it in its entirety. The hearing is scheduled for early February. We are looking at getting some kind of rally going on or before that date to show our support.

If we want to make this a more generic "public education" thread, here was a pretty good (and long) article about public schools in Arizona, who is leading the way on vouchers that can be used for home school or private schools.

Class Dismissed: When a state divests from public education


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So our Republican governor is coming to my town tomorrow to sign a bill that sort of addresses the problem in this thread, but not 100%. They are finally doing something to equalize the amount our district (and others like ours) get per student. But it still doesn't make funding equal to other districts, but just less unequal. And regardless, they are underfunding ALL schools. I guess it's better than nothing. But people are still going to protest since it doesn't address the full problem.


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