Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Senate pushes to support Local Schools

Several weeks ago in the Senate, we approved a 2 percent increase in basic state aid to our local schools. Our version was dramatically different from a bill passed by the Republican-controlled House that would have provided NO new state money for our schools. Failing to help local schools deal with increasing costs jeopardizes student achievement by causing teacher layoffs and crowding classrooms.
Unfortunately, the House is sitting on this important legislation. School boards across the state are writing next year’s budgets, and they need to know if the state will be there for Iowa students.

Budgeting is about setting priorities. We can afford this modest increase in funding for our local schools. What we can’t afford is to fail to invest in our children—the future of our state, our future leaders and our future workforce.

Iowa’s route to a high-skill, high-wage economic future depends on the quality of our local schools. Our children need strong skills, and new and expanding businesses must know that Iowa’s commitment to education is second to none.


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