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State Education Funding Debate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --
   Democrats who hold the majority in the Iowa Senate want to boost state education funding for the 2015 school year, but the Republican governor and Republicans controlling the state House have shown little interest in considering the proposal this year.
   Legislation to increase state funding for the school year that starts in the fall of 2015 was up for debate in a Senate subcommittee Monday. Under state law, the General Assembly is supposed to establish funding for kindergarten through 12th grade education over a year in advance.
   Lawmakers have not always followed that law. Gov. Terry Branstad called the rule "outmoded" Monday. He also said the state could not afford the 6 percent budget increase that Democrats are seeking.
   Democratic leaders have said it's important to abide by the law.

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