This evening, Rep. Dave Deyoe voted to provide Iowa school districts with an additional $89.3 million in new funding for the 2019-20 school year. The legislation passed included a significant increase in general state aid, as well as $7.8 million in targeted funding for rural schools to reduce disproportionally high transportation costs, and $2.9 million in funding to reduce a long-standing inequity in the school funding formula by $5 per student.
In total, the funding package passed by the House will bring state investment in K-12 education to more than $3.3 billion annually, an increase of $865 million since the 2011-12 school year. Over that same time, 3,100 new teachers have been hired to staff Iowa classrooms and the student-teacher ratio has decreased every year, even while enrollment has grown.
School districts in House District 49 will receive an additional $443,200 in transportation funding for the 2019-20 school year.
“This K-12 funding package clearly demonstrates our commitment to Iowa schools,” said Deyoe. “I will continue to make our local schools a priority and will look for additional ways we can improve the educational experience for Iowa’s kids.”