(Atlantic) An Iowa house panel voted 4-3 to advance Governor Terry Branstad’s Education Reform package to the full House Education Committee Tuesday. The package sets the minimum teacher salary at $35,000 up from $28,000, and creates new “career pathways for teachers who take on leadership and mentoring roles while remaining active in the classroom.
Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein doesn’t agree with taking quality teachers out of the classroom.
“I think anytime you take a quality teacher out of the classroom students are limited to the contact time with that quality educator,” stated Amstein.
Amstein says the proposed bill also leaves out incentives for Principals. “The reform package provides for folks in the classroom for leadership activities and opportunities, but really the school leader is not involved in that.”
The new system would phase in over five years and eventually cost the state $150 million a year in new K-12 education spending. From here reform package will be heard by the full House Education Committee and they are expected to send it on to the House Floor next week.
February 6, 2013