DES MOINES — As legislators slow-marched their way toward adjournment, the House approved agreements Wednesday to changes senators made in a host of bills, including the $952 million education budget for fiscal 2020.

The budget, which includes funds for 11,837 full-time equivalent positions in the departments of Education and Blind, College Student Aid Commission and Board of Regents, represents a $40 million increase from the current year.

Although the budget came that came back from the Senate was a compromise — $1.3 million less — “the House successfully negotiated with the Senate to fund important measures,” according to Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Kerr, R-Morning Sun.

That included funding for the All-Iowa Opportunity Scholarships, Rural Primary Loan Program, Health Care Loan Repayment Program and

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