105 IOWA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED AS GOP SCHOOL FUNDING HITS ANOTHER RECORD LOW

Des Moines, IA — A new analysis of public school buildings released today found 105 public schools have closed since Republicans took over the Iowa House.  For seven of the last eight years, GOP lawmakers have provided the lowest increases in public school funding in Iowa history.

“Closing public schools has a devastating impact on neighborhoods, small towns, and rural communities. Over 100 schools have closed their doors in the last several years and it’s proof again that Republican lawmakers are failing our kids and schools,” said State Rep. Sharon Steckman, Ranking Member of the House Education Committee.  “Instead of more corporate tax giveaways this year, we believe it’s time to invest in our public schools again. Our kids deserve it.”

The number of public school building closures was compiled from the state’s annual Condition of Education Report, which is prepared by the Iowa Department of Education.  From the 2010-2011 school year to 2016-2017, the number of school buildings dropped from 1,434 to 1,329.  The table below contains the full data.

  Year       # of Buildings

16-17 1,329
15-16 1,350
14-15 1,364
13-14 1,382
12-13 1,390
11-12 1,409 (First Year of Republican Control)
10-11 1,434 (Last year of Democratic Control)

* Source: Iowa Condition of Education Reports, 2011-2017

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