Iowa GOP lawmakers offer education compromise

Republicans lawmakers are offering an education compromise that includes more general funding for schools if Democrats agree to GOP policy proposals.

Legislators from the Republican-majority House and the Democratic-controlled Senate met Tuesday on Gov. Terry Branstad’s education plan.

State Rep. Ron Jorgensen, of Sioux City, says House Republicans would support increasing general school funding if Democrats agreed to the policy language in the House version of the bill. House Republicans want to make some items optional, like boosting minimum teacher pay.

Under the new House offer, schools would get a 2 percent increase to general school funding in the upcoming school year, plus a one-time payment equal to another 2 percent.

Democrats have supported a 4 percent funding increase for schools. They said they needed time to review.