From Iowa Democrats in the House of Representatives –
Last week, Iowa school districts were forced to certify their budget for the upcoming school year without knowing how much money they will receive from the state. That’s because Republicans in Iowa have adopted a gridlock strategy straight from Washington DC.
While Democrats offered 6%, then 4%, then 2.625%, Republicans have so far refused to compromise on school funding this session. They’ve been breaking the law for 460 days now and refuse to consider any school funding increase larger than 1.25% next year.
To help Iowans understand how the school funding crisis will impact their local schools, we asked every Iowa superintendent to share their budget plans for the upcoming school year.
Clink on the link below to find information about your school district (full, unedited results from superintendents). The information will continue to be updated as more superintendents fill out the survey.
Click here to view Full Superintendent Survey Results (UPDATED 4-22-15 @9:18am)
School Budget Survey of Iowa Superintendents (Sent April 21st)
1. How many pink slips will you issue before the April 30 deadline?
2. How many positions will go unfilled next year (i.e. retirements not replaced)?
3. Does the budget you submitted for certification raise property taxes?
4. Will any programs or activities be cut next school year? If so, which ones?
5. Will class sizes increase due to budget cuts and staff reductions? If so, how many more students will you have per classroom? Specific grades and/or subject areas are appreciated.