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Posting curriculum online, surplus vs failure to appropriate, and contentious debate about unemployment benefits

John Pemble / IPR
Iowa's Capitol during a rainy spring evening.

A bill requiring teachers to post everything they use in a classroom online before a semester begins, advances. After a committee, it now has something that may let teachers update that information as they teach. Budgets are now starting to pass out of the House. Democrats say the $1 billion surplus should be used to provide more funds to state departments. And the longest debate so far this year is for a bill about unemployment benefits. It reduces the maximum number of weeks for unemployment. Republicans say it’s part of a solution for a workforce shortage, but Democrats strongly disagree.

John Pemble is a reporter for IPR