- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are seeking a compromise deal on education funding, but Republicans say their proposal is still too expensive.

Democrats on Wednesday proposed that schools get about $150 million in new funding for the upcoming school year. That number - which includes dollars dedicated to teacher leadership training - is a middle point between the original proposals from House Republicans and Senate Democrats.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames, called the offer an effort to split the difference. But House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, said he was not interested in going beyond the original House plan, saying the state could not afford to spend more.

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