- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers in the Republican-led Iowa House have approved a small funding increase for the school year that starts in the fall of 2016, but the move is not expected to win favor in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The House on Tuesday approved a plan that would provide about $125 million in new dollars in that year, with some of the money going to a teacher leadership program. But Democrats said the funding level was inadequate. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said his members would not consider the proposal.

The Legislature is supposed to approve school funding levels more than a year before the academic year starts, but they often fail to meet that requirement.

Lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on funding for the coming school year.

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