(Atlantic) Governor Terry Branstad Tuesday morning unveiled a $25 million plan to reform the state’s education system. Atlantic Schools Supreintendent Dr. Amstein commented on the Governor’s proposal at Tuesday night’s Atlantic School Board meeting.
“It’s a lot of money and I hope I am an optimist, but many times you get surprised sometimes,” says Amstein. ““I like a lot of things he has in there in talking about improving education.”
Branstad’s plan includes higher admission requirements for those wanting to become teachers, and one of the more controversial pieces remaining in the package would require children to repeat third grade if they fail to pass a literacy test.
Another proposal from Branstad would “make seniority a minor factor” in deciding which teachers should be laid off when a school district is forced to make cuts. Teachers would also be evaluated annually instead of every three years, which is the current requirement and principals and superintendents also would be evaluated every year. Some of the additional proposed changes would require prospective teachers to finish college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and pass several exams to gain a teaching license.
January 11, 2012