- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northern Iowa school district has called on lawmakers to take legislative action on education funding as the deadline to authorize budgets for the upcoming academic year draws near.

The Charles City Community School District released a video Monday in which students, staff and parents urge legislators to find a compromise on school funding. The Republican-majority House and Democratic-controlled Senate remain at odds over how much new money to give to schools in the upcoming academic year.

Superintendent Dr. Dan Cox said the district’s video is a last-ditch effort to implore that legislators reach an agreement soon on supplemental state aid. Districts are supposed to certify their 2015-2016 budgets by April 15.

House Republicans have advanced a plan for about $100 million in additional funding, while Senate Democrats want to give schools more than $200 million. The video comes after Republicans last week rejected an offer from Democrats allocating $150 million in new funding. Republicans say that offer is too expensive.

A joint negotiating committee, comprised of members from both parties, began meeting in February.

In the 80-second video, students chime in about the ways lowering state supplemental funding could affect them. Teachers and school officials chide lawmakers for their delay in making a decision.

“Funding for schools is really at a critical juncture, and it’s good that people are having their voices heard for our schools, and this is lending their voice to that conversation,” Rep. Todd Prichard, a Democrat from Charles City, told the Charles City Press.

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Information from: Charles City Press, http://www.charlescitypress.com

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