State Sen. Daryl Beall voted in favor of a 6 percent increase in aid to local schools Wednesday.
The Fort Dodge
Democrat also led the debate on a measure that he said would ensure that the extra money will come from the state and not property tax payers. That bill passed unanimously.
"Iowa is more than $1,500 below the national average in terms of how much we invest per student," Beall said in a written statement. "We should return to putting our local students first with regard to the state budget."
"Today, the Senate obeyed the 20-year-old state law requiring the Legislature to set local school funding 18 months in advance," he added. "We've also approved enough dollars to start repairing damage from several lean years while also implementing last year's educational reforms."
The funding approved by the Senate is for the 2015-2016 academic year.
According to figures provided by Beall, here's how much money area school districts would receive if the Senate bill becomes law:
- Clarion-Goldfield $8,571,542
- Eagle Grove $8,545,276
- Fort Dodge $33,862,460
- Gilmore City-Bradgate $1,285,329
- Humboldt $11,100,247
- Laurens-Marathon $3,038,055
- LuVerne $787,000
- Manson Northwest Webster $5,869,984
- Newell-Fonda $4,753,698
- Pocahontas Area $7,107,694
- Prairie Valley $5,293,501
- Rockwell City-Lytton $5,188,661
- Southeast Webster Grand $5,278,219
- Webster City $14,975,006
- West Bend-Mallard $3,028,343