Branstad Plan Calls for Sweeping Education Reform

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadon Monday unveiled an education reform plan that focuses on tying teacher pay to performance and will form the centerpiece of a legislative package he intends to introduce before lawmakers convene early next year.

Branstad said his long-term goal is to make Iowa the top performing state in the nation in education, and among the top 10 in the world. That goal can be reached within 10 years, the governor said.

"This is much more comprehensive than anything we've done in the past," he said at a news conference.

"Iowa has good schools, but 'good' isn't good enough anymore," said Branstad. "What you have is a new system and a new approach which allows outstanding teachers to get better pay."

Under Branstad's proposed system, teachers would be classified from apprentice to master teachers and paid in accordance with their experience and performance. Students would have to pass proficiency tests to advance beyond the third grade, and would have to demonstrate competency before graduating from high school.

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