Legislative priorities supported by Des Moines Public Schools in 2021:

EXPAND SUPPORT FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS: Change state per pupil funding allocation based on need. Recognize at-risk student challenges by providing additional weighting in the foundation formula for students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Study after study shows students who do not have resources at home are not prepared for learning at school. Schools with large numbers of students who live with poverty both in urban and rural areas are required to provide more services than their more affluent counterparts to achieve the same result. Read more…

EXPAND PRESCHOOL FUNDING FOR CHILDREN IN NEED: Increase funding for four-year-old preschool students in need. Reduce the cliff effect by providing half-day preschool and half-day daycare for four-year-old children in families at or below the 200% poverty rate. Read more…

EXPAND SUPPORT FOR OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Increase weighted English Language Learner (ELL) funding to .39, in accordance with evidence-based practice and as recommended by the 2013 task force report on ELL education in Iowa. Read more…

INCREASE SUPPORT STATEWIDE FOR SCHOOLS IMPACTED BY COVID-19: Address the statewide enrollment loss due to COVID-19 and its impact beyond what is provided by the budget guarantee.