Party bickering may send General Assembly into ‘overtime’
While we are making progress during the 2013 Iowa Legislative Session, there’s still much work to do on several major issues. If we keep working together, we’ll wrap up the session within the scheduled 110 days. If stubbornness and party bickering become the norm, we might be here for a while. I’m committed to working with colleagues in both parties and chambers to come to agreement on many issues.
Among them is education. There’s been quite a bit of progress on education proposals in the last two weeks. Last week, we passed an education package out of the House. This week, the Iowa Senate approved its own plan to improve education. While there are some differences, there is a lot of common ground between the two bills. If we work together, we can find compromise before the session ends and make sure every child in Iowa graduates with the skills necessary to compete with workers around the globe.
While the bill is moving ahead, schools across Iowa are still waiting for action on critical funding for the next school year. By law, school districts must certify their budgets by April 15 even though they do not know what state funding to expect. It’s a terrible situation that could lead to unnecessary pink slips for teachers and cut backs in course offerings because of the uncertainty.
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