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The Debate Over K-12 Education Funding At The Iowa Statehouse

John Pemble
IPR File
Lawmakers in both chambers at the statehouse are nearing the end of their debates over k-12 education funding for Iowa schools.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and IPR statehouse reporter Katarina Sostaric speak with lawmakers from both parties about the ongoing debate within the Iowa house and senate regarding how much of the state budget will go toward funding k-12 education. 

Listeners call in and email their questions about the issues that are most important to them, including mental health funding, recruiting more teachers of color to Iowa, transportation and bullying.


  • State Representative, Ras Smith, Waterloo (D)
  • State Representative, Cecil Dolecheck, Mount Ayr (R)
  • State Senator, Tim Kraayenbrink, Fort Dodge (R)
  • Margaret Buckton, School Finance Consultant Representing Small and Large Schools at the statehouse
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River