Iowa Senate OKs increase in school funding

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate on Wednesday approved a $187 million plan to increase school funding for the coming school year, despite Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's request that lawmakers pass his education reform plan before dealing with general support.

Under the plan approved by the Senate, which sets allowable growth for schools, state support for schools would increase by 4 percent, or $135 million, and money would be allocated from a budget surplus fund to prevent local property tax hikes for schools.

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