Lawmakers to give public universities $900 million

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The Iowa state legislature passed a bill Thursday night to spend nearly $900 million on higher education next year.

Local Iowa school districts were hoping the state would pass the K-12 education reform bill onto the Governor instead. The reform bill would allow school districts to receive an allowable growth amount.

Allowable growth gives local school districts more money, so they can deal with rising costs of supplies and salaries. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has pushed for education reform since the beginning of the session.

Davenport Community Schools have not seen that reform though, and because of that, they had to base their 2013-2014 budget on zero percent allowable growth. They had to cut $100,000 from their North and Central High School bus budget for next year.

No word on whether the state will pass the education reform bill onto the Governor. The Iowa House and Senate return to work Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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