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State and Schools Disagree on Law Supplemental State Aid

Pella Superintendent Greg Ebeling recently told KNIA/KRLS News that while the term “allowable growth” has been around for a long time, last year the Iowa Legislature decided to change the name to “supplemental state aid.” Ebeling says this is the amount of money, usually in a whole percentage, that is going to be added to their per pupil funding. Ebeling adds that this year, most schools receive $6,120 per student between state and local property taxes. An additional point Ebeling makes is that by law, the legislature is supposed to set the number two years ahead, allowing the schools to plan for the future. When recently asked by KNIA/KRLS News why this has not happened in years, State Representative Guy Vander Linden said that they can’t set the number that far in the future, because they have no way of knowing what funds will be available 18 months out.