|Gov. Chet Culver (D)|
| IOWA | Despite difficult budget circumstances, Iowa lawmakers were able to provide a modest boost for education programs, including community colleges and early-childhood education, in their recently concluded session.
Iowa will invest nearly $3.4 billion in fiscal 2011 in its education system, including K-12. That includes a net increase of $60 million for K-12 public schools. And lawmakers provided the final installment of a four-year commitment to increase funding for prekindergarten programs, enabling 12,000 children to attend 100 new preschools, according Gov. Chet Culver.
The Hawkeye State also is putting $16 million more into community colleges and job-training programs. And the legislature provided $1.9 million to help implement the Iowa Core Curriculum, which is intended to help ensure more uniform, rigorous standards. The state also provided another $1.9 million to improve math and science education programs
A version of this article appeared in the April 21, 2010 edition of Education Week as Iowa Schools Receiving Modest Spending Hike