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Catholic schools reach out to parents, legislators about funding challenges

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Private schools are hoping state legislators can find the dollars to help them out.

The Iowa Catholic Conference is asking parents to get involved, to help convince local lawmakers to increase funding in two key areas.

The state provides $600,000 for schools to buy textbooks, and the conference wants a $100,000 increase.

The other funding request is for transportation to non-public schools.

As of now, this budget item is at 8-point-6-million dollars and to "fully fund" the cost, the Iowa Catholic Conference says 9.7-million dollars is needed.

State reps said they're aware of these requests and they're taking them into consideration.

"It's pretty early in the budget process right now to say for sure whether that's possible or not, but we had made note of it, and we'll see what we could do," Republican State Representative Ron Jorgensen said.

Jorgensen said the session will be wrapping up within the next few weeks, so they should have a better feel of whether they can fund these requests then.

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