(Greenfield) Iowa Lawmakers are thirteen days away from gaveling into the 2012 legislative session. There will be a number of big topics on the table this year, including mental health reform, and the governor’s proposal to reform commercial property taxes and how this will affect their ability to meet residents’ needs. Governor Branstad will also unveil his education initiative soon.
Greenfield Republican Representative Clel Baudler says it is time to see some results.“I can say this, every year that I have been in the legislature; we have worked on education and initiatives. And quite frankly it is starting to become a concern with a lot of members of my caucus in regards to why we haven’t seen the results that have been promised,” stated Baudler. “I think the reason for this is a combination of things. It’s pushed back from the teachers union, and possibly the students that teachers are getting from home, that add to the many combinations of what should, would, could in education.”
Baudler also questions whether “No Child Left Behind” is realistic. “Not every child has to be a brain surgeon,” stated Baudler. “There is nothing wrong with being a worker that goes to his job everyday and comes home and leads a good life.”
Baudler says it is unclear what the initiative will cost. However, he is guessing somewhere in the price range of 1-to-2-million dollars.
December 27, 2011