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Iowa Senate approves school funding bill

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The Iowa Senate has approved its plan to help schools, now it goes to the House.

State Senators on Tuesday approved a 2% increase in state funding.  That will amount to about $60 million in new money for local school districts.

The additional state money would be for the 2010-2011 school year. The Legislature sets basic state aid to local schools a year in advance to give school officials the opportunity to plan.

Supporters say the increase was the best the state could do in tough economic times. Opponents say it was too much.

The Senate approved the measure Tuesday on a 32-18 party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

The House will likely deal with the issue later this week.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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