Iowa Gov. Readjusts on Education Reform

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Gov. Terry Branstad will again attempt to push a wide-ranging education reform package through a politically divided Statehouse, this time offering higher pay and different career paths for teachers.

Stung by the Legislature's rejection of many of his reform proposals in 2012, the governor has handled this bill differently from the last.

Policy recommendations have come from task forces, which were put in place by last year's reform bill, rather than the governor's office.

Contrast that to 2011 when the governor hosted a statewide summer summit, which was followed by a series of white papers and community meetings that outlined the upcoming legislation, and its cost, months before he dropped the actual bill in January 2012. Branstad offered a 156-page education reform package, but lawmakers passed a 26-page bill.

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