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Education: Spending, Parental Notification, Athlete Compensation

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Democrats propose a 3% increase to K-12 school state aid. Rep. Ras Smith, D-Waterloo, says this will help make a meaningful investment toward filling the hole left from recent increases that were too small.

One of the first legislative debates of the year is over school state aid. Forty-three percent of the state’s budget goes to K-12 public education. This year the Senate and House are at odds over how much to increase funding. A bill in the House Education subcommittee has advanced that would require K-12 schools to notify parents if sexual orientation or gender identity are part of curriculum or school instruction of any kind. Parents would have the option of excusing the student from participating. And compensating college athletes for the use of their likeness would no longer be prohibited under a bill from a Senate subcommitte

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John Pemble is a reporter for IPR