Friday, March 7, 2008


Although the ISEA maintains a strong presence at the Capitol, lawmakers need to hear from their constituents back home. ISEA members should attend legislative forums this weekend and stay in regular contact with their Senators and Representatives. Thank them for their past support and urge them to:
  • Provide a stable source of funding for teacher compensation, class size reduction, and professional development by rolling these annual appropriations into the K-12 school aid formula.
  • Expand the use of the penny sales tax beyond property tax relief to include much-needed school programs and services.
  • Go beyond the Governor’s budget recommendations for community colleges and faculty and support the ISEA’s recommendation of $12.9 million in general aid and $8 million over the next two years to bring faculty salaries up to 25th in the nation. Lawmakers particularly need to hear first-hand stories about how inadequate funding and below-average salaries in impacting the quality of post-secondary education that Iowans receive.

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