EDUCATION BILL: Leaders Call For Compromise
This week both the Iowa House and the Senate passed different education reform bills. Now the compromising begins.
“The biggest difference right now is the amount of funds we are willing to advocate to our local school districts,” says Democratic senator Pam Jochum.
The House wants two-percent allowable growth in state spending for schools. The Senate calls for double that number.
There are also differences in how each chamber wants to boost starting teacher pay.
The Senate president and House majority leader spoke about the work Friday during a taping of IPTV’s Iowa Press.
“The fastest way to get it done is if we have the House Bill back we can go quickly send it to conference committee. We can do it other ways as well, there’s always mechanisms for making bills move in the legislature…but that would be the fastest way,” says House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer.
A conference committee is only called when both chambers need to sit down to hash out differences on major legislation.