(DES MOINES) Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds are releasing an education reform package.
The reform focuses on providing great teaching in every classroom, raising student achievement and preparing students to compete for jobs in a global economy.
Governor Branstad says while the State has many good schools and committed educators; the existing framework is not designed for the 21st Century. He’s telling State lawmakers he wants to invest significant resources into reforms starting with 14 million dollars in the first year, 72 million dollars in the second year and 187 million at full implementation in five years.
The education reform package includes a new teacher leadership and compensation system, including raising the minimum starting salary for teachers to $35,000. There are other components to the reform package too, such as expanding an existing tuition reimbursement program, improving teacher evaluations and expanding online learning.
Iowa Radio Network