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"It's the deja-vu all over again."

When Yoga Berra said these words - I bet he didn't think they would apply to Iowa education funding.

But they do. 

School funding hasn't been approved for the upcoming school year.

And today -  the Iowa Senate voted on a 4% increase - giving schools extra money for every student in their district. 

But for the second year in a row - this has yet to make it through the Iowa House and on to the Governor. 

Without a budget - schools are having to plan on no increases in funding - Which is a big problem. 

Tom Parker is the Superintend ant in Camanche. He believes that if the state wants to help it's students, they first need to help the 347 school districts. 

"We need to determine things such as cost of fuel, utilities, wages. All the things that make a school district run."

Currently, Iowa schools receive $6001 from the state for every student in the district. 

But with no budget passed - future school years are now a problem. 

"We're trying to plan our budget for the next school year without knowing what were going to have," says Parker.

If the legislature can pass that 4% increase, it will mean an extra $220 for every student in Iowa. 

And in places like Camanche, that's a big deal.

"We have a little more than a thousand students in the school district," Parker explains. "So if you multiply $220 by a thousand, it'd be around $220,000 worth of funding."

And for bigger districts - the money is even more important.

But, without the extra funds, students many suffer. As well as those responsible for teaching them.

"If the state continues the proactive of not adequately funding the school district, then we will need to take a look at our staffing," Parker admits. "And that does have a significant impact on the school district."

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