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House Republicans Gave Iowa Schools a #BetterDeal in 2017

Education for Iowa’s children is one of our top priorities and House Republicans are committed to providing a world-class education for Iowa’s students.

During the 2017 legislative session, House Republicans increased funding for K-12 education, provided more funding flexibility, and allowed for more decision making at the local level.  Most importantly, House Republicans broadened the conversation about education beyond the yearly decision on how much additional money to invest.

It’s clear that following the 2017 session, Iowa schools are getting a #BetterDeal.


Giving schools more flexibility

House Republicans recognize that no two school districts are exactly alike and have worked to allow schools to better meet the specific needs of their students and teachers.

One of the major achievements of the 2017 session was providing school districts with more flexibility.  House Republicans worked closely with school boards, superintendents, and other officials to craft a flexibility plan that will likely benefit every district.

This plan gives schools more allowable uses on funding and loosens many of the strings that are tied to various sources of funding.  It also allows schools to use funds that are continually stuck in accounts, due to burdensome state restrictions, on specific needs that needs that they have.

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2017 First Funnel Survivors

Attached is a list and short description of bills that survived the first funnel.  The list DOES NOT include bills which failed to achieve committee approval.

2017 First Funnel Survivors

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Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2015

Several bills passed during the 2015 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Attached is a list with several notable bills.

2015 Notable Bills Effective July 1

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2015 End of Session Report

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The following is the House Republican Caucus Staff’s end of session report:

2015 End of Session Wrap Up

*Note:  All information is current as of June 10, 2015

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, June 2

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, May 12

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, April 30

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, April 22

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Democrat Games Push Schools Past Deadline

(DES MOINES) – Today Rep. Chuck Soderberg (R-Le Mars), co-chair of the Legislative Conference Committee on education funding, sharply criticized Senate Democrats for playing politics with education funding.

“The first bill off the floor of the House was setting school funding.  Republicans put forth a serious and significant proposal for funding, a $100 million investment which is more than half of all new money coming into the state,” said Soderberg.  “Since that point, Senate Democrats have done nothing but deliberately waste time and push off the funding decision passed the deadline schools face to certify their budgets.  Iowa’s school children deserve more than politics from the Senate Democrats.”

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 7

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

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