DES MOINES (AP) — Across Iowa, school districts are finalizing budget proposals for the upcoming school year without a key detail: how much administrators can actually spend.

The Iowa Legislature continues to be at an impasse over education funding for the fiscal year that begins in July. A deadline today for school districts to have preliminary approval of their budgets seems to be doing little to prod lawmakers into action.

Iowa school superintendents say the uncertainty over funding has been frustrating, and could affect staffing and programming.

The state currently spends at least $2.9 billion on K-12 education. Democrats, who originally proposed more than $200 million in additional funding, are now pushing for about $150 million. Republicans are seeking an increase of more than $100 million.

Both proposals include dollars for teacher leadership training.


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