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Iowa school administrators uneasy about uncertainty of future funding


Lawmakers in Iowa are at odds about how to much money should go to your children's schools.

Now local school officials say they are being forced to make budget decisions without knowing how much money they will be getting from the state in the fall. Senate Democrats and House Republicans are fighting over how much to increase school funding and how to implement Governor Terry Branstad's education overhaul.

Since the two sides haven't reached an agreement, the amount of state funding for schools is still up in the air.

Central Lee School District Superintendent John Henriksen says much of his budget goes to paying salaries and without a concrete budget, contract negotiations are difficult.

Henriksen says state budget uncertainties have been an ongoing problem.

"For at least the last couple of years, It's been unsure and we've had to wait on the legislature until April to make a decision and it's difficult for planning purposes," Henriksen said.

Central Lee School District just passed a $14.7 million budget for next year by estimating how much money the state will provide, but again, nothing has been decided on the state level.

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