Branstad, Reynolds Outline Plans for Education

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds outlined their priorities for education to the Iowa Board of Education on Thursday.

Branstad said he's committed to pushing Iowa’s education system forward. That includes raising private funds for summer projects to make sure every third grader is literate.

Reynolds talked about the continued success of the STEM initiative. She said it brings business leaders and educators together to create programs that will benefit the workforce. Reynolds continued, saying there is increased interest in the classroom, after school programs, summer camps and clubs.

Branstad wants 70 percent of high school graduates to have enough vocational training or college education to be prepared for the jobs of the future. He wants the state to reach that goal by 2025.