Cedar Rapids Students Lobby for Education Funding- The Beginning of the Iowa Student Union/Power of
By Forrest Saunders, KCRG-TV9 | Posted: Thu 1:07 PM, Feb 11, 2016 | Updated: Thu 1:20 PM, Feb 11, 2016 DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Cedar Rapids high school students got a first hand experience of what it's like to work within the political system. Cedar Rapids high school students lobby lawmakers about education funding at the state capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. (Marlon Hall, KCRG-TV9) Students were in Des Moines Wednesday to lobby their lawmakers about education funding. Iowa lawmakers are trying to figure out how much funding school districts will get next school year. The Republican-controlled House proposed a 2% increase in state aid to schools, while the Democrat-controlled Senate says that's not enough and wants a 4% increase. Cedar Rapids Schools Superintendent Brad Buck says the district needs at least a 3.72% increase to maintain current staffing and programs. Around 75 students spent time earlier in the week preparing to talk to lawmakers. They left Cedar Rapids around 10:30 Wednesday morning and started to lobby lawmakers the moment they hopped off the bus. They then headed home around 2 p.m. Metro High School sophomore Keisha Vogel was hopeful they did some good. "I feel like we got a lot of answers told to us," said Vogel. "Hopefully that will have some effect on the outcome." Officials with Cedar Rapids Community School District say they have not made any decisions on cuts if the school funding increase is not large enough.