State Sen. Daryl Beall voted in favor of increasing basic aid to public schools by 4 percent on Wednesday.
''As a former member of the Fort Dodge school board, I don't see how school boards can determine a budget when they don't know how much or even if they will receive allowable growth dollars,'' the Fort Dodge Democrat said after the Senate approved the funding on 26-23 vote.
''For most of the school districts in my Senate district, even a 4 percent allowable growth doesn't mean more dollars because of declining enrollments,'' he added. ''It is unfair to school boards and superintendents, but the real losers are the children of Iowa.''
The senator said his vote on Wednesday was for ''the dollars that pay the teachers, buy up-to-date textbooks, keep the lights on and put gas in the buses.''