As I promised during my campaign, I hold education close to home in the Iowa legislature. Republicans have a strong history in Iowa for funding Iowa’s schools. Since the 2011-2012 academic school year, Republicans in the Iowa legislature have increased education funding by $765 million, or about 30%. That is nearly triple the inflation rate during the same time period. The funding over the years has added 3,100 new teachers, allowed for smaller class sizes and a lower student-to-teacher ratio (even with enrollment increasing), and increased teacher salary to nearly the highest in the country when adjusted for cost of living.
This week, my colleagues and I announced an agreement on K-12 funding for the 2019-2020 school year, resulting in an additional $89.3 million in new funding. I am also proud to announce that $7.8 million will be going to Iowa’s rural schools to help reduce transportation costs and ensure more money for the classrooms. I am looking forward to this agreement coming to the house floor next week so I can continue to fight for rural Iowa schools.