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Iowa House stands by 2-year education budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa House has approved a school spending plan that continues a freeze on spending for this school year and leaves in place a 2 percent increase for next school year that's already been approved.

The measure calls on lawmakers to approve two-year budgets for local schools routinely instead of debating the issue every year.

The budget plan was approved 56 to 39 on Monday evening, continuing a two-year spending plan first approved last session. Republicans says that's how lawmakers should deal with school finances.

Macedonia Republican Rep. Greg Forristall says the GOP-back plan ends a practice of promising bigger school budgets but not providing the money.

The Senate has approved a budget that would increase K-12 spending by $122 million for the school year beginning in fall 2013.

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