(Des Moines) Over $134 Million in new state spending would go to Iowa's public schools under a bill approved by the Iowa senate. Democrats pushed for quick action on the bill, saying school districts need the money to avoid having to send out teacher layoff notices. Republicans want to work on school reforms, specifically Governor Brandstad's recommendations for change. Ottumwa Senator Mark Chelgren says he wants schools to have money, but says the reform should come first,
"I want to give money to schools, I want to give more money to schools than we did last year, but I want to make sure that they are accountable for those dollars, that we have a good plan in place. To simply put money there with no expectation that the school system will be improved is irresponsible."
On a 26-23 vote, democrats sent the bill to the Iowa house, but G-O-P leaders say they want to work on the governor's school reform packack first.
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