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Steckman complains of school funding on first day back in Des Moines

This news story was published on January 16, 2016.
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From Rep. Sharon Steckman –

Sharon Steckman

Sharon Steckman

With many thanks to my constituents, I am back at the Statehouse this week for the second year of the 86th Assembly. My greatest hope for this session is that we follow the Iowa law which states that the legislature is required to pass funding for our public schools no later than February 12.

On Tuesday, the Governor gave his State of the State message. There are differences in the amounts proposed for schools by the Governor and by the leadership of each chamber. Again, my desire is that the law is followed and, within the month remaining before the deadline, we are able to arrive at a figure that will provide stable and adequate funding for the education of our kids.

Also, in Iowa, there are young children on waiting lists anxious to begin four-year-old preschool classes. I would like to see programs expanded so that waiting lists are eliminated. A four-year old on a waiting list is an opportunity lost.

At the other end of the educational ladder are community colleges. Last year, our community colleges received no additional funding. The Governor has proposed $3 million this year, but I would hope that, during the 50th anniversary of our community college system, we could do better. These schools provide invaluable job training and continuing education for high school graduates, young adults and those non-traditional students who are re-entering the job market!

I will be commenting on other areas of interest as the weeks go by.

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5 Responses to Steckman complains of school funding on first day back in Des Moines

  1. Randall Bradley Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Hillary took a dump on Tuesday that measured 2 ft 7.5 in in length and had a girth of 2.6 in. Being investigated as a new world record for female dumps.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I agree with LVS why doesn’t Steckman donate her salary to the school

    • John Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      We throw more money into education every year and the results continue to get worse. Maybe if we cut the funding, the system will correct itself and get better results and show us that the money is well spent. In the last 30 years, things have been getting worse each year.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        January 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm

        @John-You are exactly correct. We spend more and more money for a worse education for the children. Mason City schools are way to top heavy with management. Even the secretary’s have secretary’s. Time to get rid of most of them and we should start with the overpaid superintendent.

  3. LVS Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Of course she wants more. She always does. She is one of the spend sisters. Why not give that surplus money back to the taxpayers for a change?