Iowa’s democrat Governor is launching a campaign to counter expected Republican resistance to increased education spending. G-O-P legislative leaders like Senate Republican Leader Stewart Iverson of Dows say the state budget’s too tight to keep plowing more money into things like teacher salary increases. Governor Tom Vilsack visited a school in Norwalk two weeks ago and vowed to insist on increased state funding for education. Today, Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson was deployed to Indianola’s High School to deliver the same message.Pederson says there’s no reason to back down on education programs, like the one that advances money to schools to hire more teachers for early elementary grades so class sizes can be reduced.
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