EDUCATION REFORM: House Approves Allowable Growth

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Members of Iowa’s House of Representatives finally approved an allowable growth rate for schools.

The approval came in the form of an amendment to the education reform bill they debated late Tuesday evening. The house unanimously set allowable growth at two-percent for the next two years.

The senate previously approved a four-percent increase for the next two years.

Governor Branstad had asked lawmakers to do away with the allowable growth model and replace it with a set funding amount.

The house bill would give teachers a smaller starting pay increase than what Branstad had asked for.

The senate has not begun to debate education reform.