(Griswold) The Governor was putting some public pressure Monday on the conference committee charged with finding a compromise on education reform. He says that he is “very hopeful” the House and Senate can agree on a compromise by the end of the week. Republican Representative Jack Drake, of Griswold says if the Education Reform Bill stalls in committee it will put schools in a bad way because they were planning on a minimum of 2-percent.
“And one of the things that may happen and I hope it doesn’t, is if this conference committee can’t come to an agreement the schools may not get any increase at all and allowable growth may go to zero,” stated Drake. “
The Iowa code states that lawmakers are supposed to have allowable growth set 30-days after the Governor’s budget is released. They have gone way past that and past the deadline for schools budgets.
Atlantic School board Member Dennis Davis says he doesn’t understand why lawmakers can’t get it through their heads that it is a little difficult for schools to set their budgets when they don’t know what the state legislature is going to do.
“They’ve got the cards and they aren’t letting us see ‘em,” said Davis.
Governor Terry Branstad is hopeful the House and Senate can agree on a compromise by the end of the week.
April 24, 2013