Iowa Bill to allow School Districts to Spend Reserves Advances

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An Iowa bill that would allow school districts to spend some of its reserve money is advancing through the state house.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Davenport Superintendent Art Tate says his district receives $133 less per student that a district like Pleasant Valley from the state of Iowa. Davenport Schools is trying to avoid massive spending cuts by spending some of those reserves. The state has not authorized the district to do that. The bill moving forward is exciting news for local lawmakers.

"We are hearing from the senate that if in fact this bill passes on the house side, it will have the support on the senate side," (D) State House Rep. Cindy Winckler said Wednesday. "So we have our fingers crossed."

A House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hear the bill later this week. Winckler says lawmakers will likely have all of May to review pass the bill.

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