Iowa lawmakers make laws. Sometimes, they break them. State law requires them to have agreed on funding for K through 12 schools by February 12th. They did not and that makes a math mess for educators trying to figure out what programs, teachers and more they can afford this Fall.
Tom Ahart leads the state's largest public school district. Ahart joins Channel 13's Dave Price in this segment of The Insiders, and we learn what life is like for administrators if they do not plan for what he calls the "yo-yo" effect with year to year financial uncertainty.
Not only did lawmakers not tell Ahart how much money he would get this Fall, they also have not agreed on whether to change school state dates. Lawmakers could pick a date, or let Districts choose their own, or keep letting the Department of Education require classes start no sooner than Labor Day week without a waiver. Ahart shares his take on this matter in this segment as well.
For part 3, click here.