Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Governor Culver Seeks Four Percent Increase In Education Spending In 2012.

Staci Hupp posts at the Des Moines (IA) Register (8/4) "Iowa Politics Insider" blog that Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) announced Wednesday that he wants to increase school spending in 2012 by four percent. The increase "could add up to more than $100 million." Culver also "repeated his plan to expand public preschool to every Iowa 4-year-old whose family wants it."

The Quad-City (IA) Times (8/5, Boshart) reports that in a speech to the Iowa State Education Association and others Wednesday, Culver "also pledged support for...raising graduation rates for minority students, eliminating the so-called 'achievement gap' by improving curriculum, programs and instruction, boosting professional development, and emphasizing money management for Iowa students." He also noted that the four percent "in 'allowable growth' funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2011" would have a price tag ranging "between $300 million and $400 million." The Mason City (IA) Globe (8/5, Boshart) also covers the story.