DES MOINES (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers say a survey they sent to Iowa school superintendents found that many expect teacher layoffs and class size increases if the Legislature doesn't increase state aid by March 1.
Sen. Herman Quirmbach and Rep. Sharon Steckman on Monday announced the results of the survey sent to 348 school districts.
They said 206 superintendents responded. Fifty-seven percent said they expected teacher layoffs, 72 percent expected class size increases and 68 percent said they would probably postpone ordering materials if lawmakers didn't increase state aid by March.
In the past, lawmakers have missed the March 1 deadline for setting allowable revenue growth. Quirmbach said state aid to schools should be decided before taking up Gov. Terry Branstad's education proposals.
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