Understanding DMPS Funding Needs

Schools are facing an unprecedented need. This page will help you understand the current funding needs at DMPS and learn more about how you can help with an email or a phone call to key legislators.

Presentations – Budget
January 2022 DMPS Budget Presentation slides – click here
Presentations – Preschool
February 2022 DMPS Preschool Presentation slides – click here
February 2022 DMPS Preschool Presentation video – click here
February 2022 DMPS 4th Grade Teacher Aaron Hauser talks about advantages of preschool for his students – click here
February 2022 DMPS IMPACT CEO Anne Bacon talks about studies confirming preschool helps Iowa’s economy  – click here
Presentation – ELL
February 2021 DMPS ELL Presentation video – click here
Presentations – Disadvantaged Student Supports
April 2021 DMPS Community Schools information – click here
April 2021 ISFIS Funding for Disadvantaged Students Presentation slides – click here

Most Iowa school districts experienced enrollment loss due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of parents statewide did not enroll their kindergarten-aged students, others opted for alternative learning to avoid the possibility of sending their child into a potentially unsafe environment. State funding is tied to student enrollment.

The following also are impacting school funding:

  • Many students will need additional supports to recover from COVID-related learning loss. The stress of the pandemic on staff, students and families means most students will continue the COVID slide through at least the end of this school year.
  • Districts have been incurring largely unsupported expenses in the purchase of personal protective equipment, facilities upgrades related for air safety, technology equipment to support of optional virtual learning, and pay for substitute teachers as staff fall ill or are quarantined during the ongoing pandemic.
  • Schools have also had to supplement enterprise funds with money from the general fund to retain employees for childcare and food services.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Take 5 minutes out of your day to advocate on behalf of DMPS students and teachers.

Click here to find your Legislator
Call them at their number or call the switchboard and leave a message for your Legislator.
House: 515-281-3221.  Senate: 515-281-3371

Tell them why adequate and equitable school funding is important to you and your community! Encourage your friends and family to do the same.

We thank you for your support and your advocacy for DMPS students and staff.

Community Legislative Action Team
Website: CLAT.dmschools.org
Facebook Page: facebook.com/DMCLAT
Email: dmpsclat@gmail.com