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Iowa schools could see more funding with state budget proposal

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DONNELLSON, Ia. (WGEM) -

Kids in Iowa could get more programs, teachers or technology in their classrooms if a state education budget plan is approved.

A proposal to increase state school funding by four percent or $135 million was just passed by the senate.

One local superintendent said the extra money would be welcomed, but he said he needs to wait to see if the bill is passed by the house, before he factors the money into his budget for next school year.

"Basically how much money they are going to have to work with for the following school year. It's critical for them to know that so they know what kind of staffing levels, what numbers of teachers that they are going to be able to employ," said Central Lee Community School district superintendent John Henriksen. 

School officials say they're also waiting to see if Governor Branstad's education reform budget will be passed for next year.

It would increase minimum teacher salaries and offer bonuses to some educators.

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