Des Moines, Iowa — As Republican gridlock pushes the school funding crisis to another week, Iowa superintendents are reporting there will be 1,034 fewer educators in schools next year, which will increase class size.
“With just two more days until deadline for teacher pink slips, Republicans are forcing our schools to raise class size by slashing over 1,000 educators next year,” said State Rep. Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, a retired educator. “Our public schools have reached the tipping point, but Republicans refuse to listen or compromise. It’s time for Republicans to stop making excuses and resolve the school funding crisis. Public education should never be a partisan issue.”
Earlier this month, Iowa school districts were forced to certify their budget for the upcoming school year without knowing how much money they will receive from the state. After Democrats offered 6%, then 4%, then 2.625%, Republicans have refused to offer any compromise on school funding.
Schools are required to deliver pink slips to educators by Thursday, April 30th. The Iowa State Education Association has also launched a “wear pink” campaign (#PinkApril30) for Thursday in support of public education.
As of Tuesday morning, 221 school districts have completed the survey about the school funding crisis. The survey also found over 2/3rd of school districts will be forced to raise property taxes next year.
Iowans can find out how the Republican school funding crisis is impacting their local school at www.iowahouse.org/GOPpinkslip/.