(DES MOINES) – In an effort to come to resolution on the education reform plan which is currently before a House and Senate Conference Committee, House Republicans offered a compromise. The plan saves taxpayer money, allows schools to plan ahead for the long term, and implements policy changes focused on achievement-driven reforms.
House Education Committee Chairman, Rep. Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) offered the compromise plan during the conference committee. The details include:
- Keep intact policy language and appropriations for House File 215.
- 2 percent increase in allowable growth for Fiscal Year 2014, plus a one-time payment equivalent to 2 percent allowable growth.
- 4 percent increase in allowable growth for Fiscal Year 2015.
“This compromise plan offers flexibility for school districts, accountability for parents and protection for taxpayers,” said Rep. Jorgensen. “I am hopeful that the Senate will take our compromise under serious consideration and we can resolve this issue today.”
The House previously passed $87.5 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and $119.3 million in Fiscal Year 2015. The Senate originally passed $135 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and $305 million in Fiscal Year 2015. The House compromise plan is $144.7 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and $195 million in Fiscal Year 2015.