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Protecting educational opportunity in tough times

This week I voted to increase basic state funding for our local schools by two percent. This money will be used during the 2011-2012 school year for textbooks, heating bills, technology and other necessities that help students, teachers and schools succeed.|(From Sen. Amanda Ragan)

This week I voted to increase basic state funding for our local schools by two percent. This money will be used during the 2011-2012 school year for textbooks, heating bills, technology and other necessities that help students, teachers and schools succeed.

We also approved additional state support to keep class sizes small, improve teacher quality and enhance professional development. It’s all about increasing student achievement, keeping the best and brightest teachers in our classrooms, and helping youngsters get a strong start.

Iowa school superintendents say no new state funding would mean layoffs, crowding more kids into classrooms and raising property taxes. We must maintain Iowa’s commitment to top-notch schools. With the economy rebounding, we can increase this funding while balancing the state budget without raising taxes. It’s a wise investment in Iowa’s future.

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