Officially one year in arrears!

The legislature is now officially at least one year in arrears for setting the 2016-17 school budget. This budget, per the Iowa Code, should have been set by the middle of February, 2015. In addition, the legislators are also now late in setting the 2017-18 budget.

This doesn't seem to be just a one-year issue, but, instead, a planned disregard for Iowa public school education. 

As one superintendent stated, “Legislators should stop stating that education is their top priority because they continually ignore their own law to set education as the priority.” 

Other priorities, such as increased taxes for roads and tax breaks for corporations, are prioritized first, and then schools are told there is not enough money to fund educational needs.

There is a concerted effort to shrink the state financial “pie"; over-promise and over-extend their budget; only give education categorical funds; and then underfund the Supplemental State Aid (SSA). This trend will continue unless legislators hear from ALL of us. It is now time for you to advocate and let legislators know how this lack of funding is affecting students in your classrooms.

The AEA has created an Advocacy Toolkit that you may use to find the most effective ways to reach legislators.

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Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator