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Rep. Steckman wants to “make education the top priority again”



This news story was published on November 5, 2016.
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MASON CITY – Representative Sharon Steckman wants to make education a top priority in the the Iowa legislature in the next term beginning in January, but says the Iowa House will need a shake-up to do it.

According to a newsletter Mrs. Steckman sent this week:

Sharon Steckman

Sharon Steckman

Democratic state lawmakers want to make education the top priority of the Iowa Legislature again. It will require a change in the make-up of the Iowa House.

Despite strong opposition from parents, school leaders, and many lawmakers, the House Majority party has shortchanged schools for several years in a row and many schools have been forced to cut teachers, increase class size, and raise property taxes. Iowa now ranks 35th in the nation in funding per student.

Last session, the Majority Party again refused to set school funding on-time as required by law so schools yet again will not be able to make timely budget decisions. Lack of funding also delayed requirements for summer reading and 3rd Grade Retention until the 2018-19 school year, and implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment was moved back to the 2017-18 school year.

In higher education, only slight increases to Iowa’s community colleges and three state universities were approved by the Governor and all were forced to raise tuition on students this year. Iowa graduates already accumulate one of the highest debts to go to college in the country, and these tuition increases will compound that problem.

It’s time we make Iowa a leader in education again, Iowa students deserve it.

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15 Responses to Rep. Steckman wants to “make education the top priority again”

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 7, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Real liar check – Reality – you must be living in the pubic servant (elite) world .

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hey Steckie, what’s your position on the money paid to Mason City’s former Superintendent of Schools? Received >$250,000 to leave. Give more money to education? You Crats are all alike.

  3. Reality Check Reply Report comment

    November 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you NIT posters for paying all that tax on your hard earned income and especially for bailing out The Donald. You pay for Mrs Steckman’s spending and you let the pussy graber off the hook. If you were a contestant on his TV show he’d say “You’re Fired”.

  4. Run while you can Reply Report comment

    November 6, 2016 at 8:26 am

    All Steckman wants to do is spend more money so educrats can give themselves raises and build more shiny new buildings.

    She’s an NEA shill.

  5. Lloyd Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Has stickman seen hillarys emails , maybe she wiped it with her butt . Maybe she’s been sniffing butt crack while driving in the ditch .

  6. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I voted for the Republcian this time. While I voted in the past for Ms. Steckman I feel that education has more than enough money to educate our kids. Time for a change of direction.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

    How about making the tax payers top priority for a change. Damn Democrats.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 5, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Yes, he has also lost it because he is afraid to go by the name LVS anymore. He is just anonymous like the rest of us now.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Maybe he got sick and tired of supporting you nut rubbers. Most of you lay around all day waiting on people like Steckman to come up with another scheme to give you lazy asses more handouts.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Sorry to burst your bubble there fella but I work two jobs my wife works two jobs and we have never been on unemployment, welfare or government assistance. And by the way LVS would not do anything for her or because of anybody. He is a very selfish individual

    • Run while you can Reply Report comment

      November 6, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Amen to that! Here’s how it now works.

      Steckman spends more on education. Then the teacher’s unions pour more money into her next campaign. Nice little trade off for her.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Hitlery under 3 INVESTIGATIONS ! – Clinton corrupt foundation – emails/lyling to FBI/congress (secretary of state) – BUT the most important is by the NYPD – SATANIC group included the Clintons/Weiner/Podesta/and some Wall Street Bankers – seems they were to have sacrificed an 8 year old girl by slitting her throat. Supposedly have film – FBI found this out and reopened their case for damage control. See alex jones.com for details.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      And how many lawsuits is the Donald named as the defendant? They both suck.

    • Nada Racist Reply Report comment

      November 7, 2016 at 6:57 am

      LOL at “see alexjones.com for details”. You know that guy in Des Moines who murdered two police officers? Yeah he was a big infowars nut too. He took the anti-govt propaganda a bit too far and executed two innocent cops like a coward. TERRORISM, that’s what it is. And the alex jones nuts like you are the real threat to America, the real terrorists.