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Iowa Senate approves school-funding boost, heads to House

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DES MOINES (AP) -

The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate has approved legislation to significantly boost school funding, but the plan will likely face opposition in the Republican-majority House.

Lawmakers on Tuesday backed bills to boost funding for the next two school years, voting largely along party lines.

Under the proposal, school aid would increase by more than $200 million for the upcoming academic year, according to the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency. That's more than double the amount approved by the House for the same period.

The House and Senate proposals both include funding specifically dedicated to teacher leadership training.

Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, said the state's future "depends on high quality schools."

But Republicans in the Senate questioned how the state could afford the plan.

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