Iowa Senate approves plan to boost school funding

The Democratic controlled Iowa Senate has voted to approve legislation that would provide more than $200 million in additional school funding for the 2015-2016 academic year, but the bills are unlikely to advance in the Republican-majority House.

The Senate voted on Wednesday to approve three bills dealing with school funding. Funding for the 2014-2015 school year has already been established.

Under state law, the General Assembly is supposed to set funding for elementary and secondary education over a year in advance, though House Republicans have not always followed that rule in recent years.

Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, from Hiawatha, says he expects to take up funding for the 2015-2016 school year in the next session. He says he wants to know more about tax revenues before making commitments.