To the editor:

To the editor:

Last week, I issued a call for a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s $56 million school funding veto in order to make educating our kids a top priority again.

This means that [according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan legislative agency] North Fayette Community School District will lose $90,780 and Valley Community School District will lose $43,940 for the upcoming school year. [Editor’s note: According to NFV Supt. Duane Willhite, North Fayette will lose $93,121 and Valley, $45,073.]  If we don’t take action, school leaders all over Iowa have told us it will result in larger class sizes, fewer quality teachers, and higher property taxes.

Our schools have been in this school funding crisis for almost two years now. Enough is enough.

I hope State Representative Darrel Branhagen will do what’s best for the kids in Fayette County by joining me to overturn the governor’s veto in a special session.

No more excuses, because Iowa’s kids deserve it. 


State Rep. Mark Smith,

Iowa House Minority


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