“I don't know that that's sustainable or practical,” Sinclair said. She is also concerned about the lack of choices offered, lack of competition among schools and the fact that the bill does not address student achievement or parental involvement.
The Senate also approved 4 percent allowable growth, or increase in spending, which former House candidate Megan Suhr asked Sinclair about. Sinclair said she would rather see allowable growth set at the same rate as inflation; 4 percent is too much for that. Sinclair wants to make sure the Legislature passes a reasonable rate, and not an “arbitrary” number each year.
The legislators said they have also been working to “clean up” the Iowa Code book, with includes updating language and ensuring that proper deadlines are in place for them. When asked if this was the best use of the Legislature's time, they said it is necessary.