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Iowa Senate approves standing appropriations bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Senate has passed a spending bill that includes a 4 percent increase in funding for school districts next year.

It also includes $3 million for the Malcolm Price Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa, among other things.

The so-called standing appropriations bill is usually the last bill to move before the Legislature adjourns. It was approved Tuesday approved while budget, property tax, and school reform bills remained stuck in negotiations between Republican and Democratic leaders.

The bill now goes to the House, where it is expected to be rejected and sent back to the Senate.

The 4 percent school funding growth figure is bound to be an issue of contention in the House.

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