The proposed salary system and high-stakes test for third grade students were the key topics discussed at Tuesday’s Iowa Education Reform Workshop at Grant Wood AEA.
A who’s who of Eastern Iowa educators gathered the day after Gov. Terry Branstad released the first draft of his blueprint for education reform to share their thoughts with Linda Fandel, special assistant for education.
Fandel opened the discussion by touting Iowa’s strong education tradition, but added that a tradition of success made it easy for Iowa schools to coast while other states raised the stakes.
“I think we’ve become complacent because once our schools were so good,” she said.
The blueprint is designed to promote the strong programs already in place, while introducing reforms that will strengthen three key areas--strong teachers and principals; high expectations for students; innovative thinking.