Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 455 into law on Thursday at Central High School in Davenport. SF 455 appropriates $14.1 million next school year to deliver greater equity in education spending and school bus transportation.
“Sen. Roby Smith worked tirelessly to pass this bill,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I thank him, along with the students, school board members and other advocates who worked on this bill, and the bill’s floor managers, Sen. Amy Sinclair and Rep. Walt Rogers. Investing in Iowa students is the most significant commitment we make together across our great state.”
Senate File 455: an Act relating to school district funding by modifying and establishing provisions relating to state school foundation program and school district transportation costs, making appropriations, and including effective date provisions. This bill passed the Iowa House on Feb. 19, 92-5 and the Iowa Senate on Feb. 26, 45-4.
Equal funding per student aligns with one of the Quad Cities Chamber's 2018 policy and advocacy priorities in Iowa in that it helps support local workforce development and education. In order to continue to grow the Quad Cities economy and our businesses, we need to ensure our Quad Citizens – regardless of school district or building or neighborhood – have the same opportunities, resources, technology, equipment, services and facilities they need to achieve to their highest capacity.
Thank you to Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Sen. Roby Smith, Sen. Mark Lofgren, and the remainder of the Iowa legislative delegation for their support of this bill! It’s an important first step, but one that shows commitment. We look forward to working with our legislators in the coming session to further close or eliminate the gap.