Don’t call it a field trip: Wednesday, January 31, more than 150 education leaders and school superintendents gathered at the Iowa Capitol, united in their vocation and in their request for Iowa legislators to attend to the needs of the state’s students.
Representatives from every Area Education Agency and school districts across the state spoke to legislators about the demands of public education and the legislators’ support of their work. They highlighted their district needs as they relate to:
- The removal of the SAVE sunset. The extension of this revenue source is urgently needed for this funding to successfully address school district facility needs.
- An increase in SSA that provides adequate resources for students and teachers, is timely and equitable and takes into account overall state revenue growth.
- The removal of the sunset for operational sharing incentives. These supports have been critical to small and rural school districts as they deal with declining enrollments and increased transportation costs.
- Support for state policy that identifies options and provides resources for school districts to use to address the complex issues of student suicide and other serious mental health-related issues.
- Legislation that addresses the inequities of transportation per-pupil costs for school districts with higher than the state average (per-pupil) transportation costs.
Districts from Southeast Iowa in attendance included Albia, Cardinal, Central Lee, Chariton, Davis County, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keota, Pekin, Sigourney, Van Buren, Wayne, and Winfield Mt-Union.