#ThrowbackThursday: Democrats Were the Last Party to Cut K-12 Education Funding
Des Moines, IA – On this edition of #ThrowbackThursday, we remember the last time that K-12 education funding was cut in Iowa. Hint: it wasn’t under Republicans.
Despite Democrats attempts to make Iowa’s current education system seem like armageddon – the facts are that the state’s education funding is bucking national trends, teacher pay is ranked in the top ten, and per pupil funding is outpacing inflation. But there’s another kicker: when Democrats are yelling from their legislative bench or their campaign podium, they’re conveniently forgetting that the last time K-12 funding was actually cut was when they were running the show. In 2009, under Democrat Chet Culver, K-12 funding was cut by $227 million – even after legislative Democrats already underfunded schools in their budget by $156 million.
“Maybe Democrats think that Iowans will forget about the last time they were in charge of state government, but we’re confident voters have a long memory,” said Jesse Dougherty, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Iowa. “Democrats are living in delusion if they believe attacking Republican advances will somehow convince Iowans to switch the state’s direction. Republicans will continue to lead on education, and we’ll make it clear that we can’t afford to go backward to when the Democrats’ mismanagement left the state in dire need of new leadership.”