- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker says he doesn’t regret telling a science teacher to “quit whining” in an email exchange over the state’s public education funding.

Republican Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyeden tells the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1LZ6rNm ) that his initial response to Vaughn Gross, a teacher at Waterloo West High School, was fueled by the lawmaker being “fooled” when responding to other messages from people via email and social media.

Gross says he emailed Johnson and 22 other Iowa senators to encourage them to support a special legislative session to vote for additional K-12 education funding. He says he was disappointed by Johnson’s initial response.

Johnson says he “tested” Gross to make sure the teacher’s email was sincere. The newspaper reports the men’s discussion became more civil as their exchange continued.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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