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Iowa lawmakers say there is no money for reading program

There's no money to pay for a new state-mandated summer reading program for struggling third-graders in Iowa so the requirement should be delayed by a year, lawmakers in a legislative budget group said Tuesday.

The reading program should be pushed back from its scheduled 2017 launch to 2018 because the roughly $14 million needed to properly support its implementation is not available, according to lawmakers on the Education Appropriations Subcommittee. They agreed to add language to a budget bill to formally delay it.

Sen. Brian Schoenjahn, D-Arlington and co-chairman of the subcommittee, said there's bipartisan support from both chambers to hold off on the program, which he...