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Iowa House OKs plan to buy down school transportation costs

Iowa House OKs plan to buy down school transportation costs

DES MOINES — Bipartisan approval Monday by the Iowa House of a plan to buy down transportation costs in those districts that spend the most on busing sets up a showdown with the Senate.

The House proposal is a one-year plan while the Senate has taken a multiyear approach to assisting local schools.

The House voted 92-5 to approve Senate File 455 after amending it to make a one-year commitment to appropriating $11.2 million for busing students to and from school. The legislation also would devote $2.8 million to address an inequity in per-pupil funding.

Democrats objected to the bill as amended by majority Republicans, preferring the Senate version that makes a three-year commitment and builds the funding into the state school aid formula.

Read the full article on the Sioux City Journal website.



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