WORKING TOGETHER: Education Reform

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Iowa lawmakers are meeting Wednesday for a second day of negotiations in an effort to hammer out a deal on education reform.

The Education Reform Conference Committee met for the first time Tuesday. The group, which includes five senators and five representatives, is crafting a unified reform bill.

Both sides want raises and leadership incentive pay for teachers as well as better teacher recruitment.

But Democrats and Republicans are about $40 million apart on the price tags for their plans.

They are also split on how much to increase funding for schools. Democrats want a four-percent increase and Republicans are pushing for two-percent.