EDUCATION REFORM: Iowa House Passes Bill

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Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s pleased with an education reform bill passed by the Iowa House Wednesday morning.

Lawmakers debated the legislation late into Tuesday night, but weren’t able to come to an agreement so they adjourned. Tuesday morning, the bill passed along party lines with a vote of 52 to 44 in the Republican controlled House.

Branstad says, “This plan will give our teachers a new, 21st century system designed to reward their efforts and ensure great teaching in every classroom. Most importantly, this reform means our students will have the skills they need to compete with their peers across the globe.”

The legislation includes setting allowable growth funding for schools at two-percent and also increases starting teacher pay to $32,000.

Branstad had originally called for an increase in pay from $28,000 to $35,000 for first-year teachers.

Branstad offered praise to House Democrats for their efforts to make significant education reform.

The bill now moves on to the Democrat controlled Iowa Senate.