Gov. Terry Branstad signed the state’s sweeping education reform bill this morning during a short ceremony at North High School in Des Moines.
Branstad was joined by lawmakers, lobbyists, staff from the Iowa Department of Education – including outgoing Director Jason Glass – and about 25 children on the auditorium stage for the signing.
The bill will change the way thousands of teachers are promoted, paid and evaluated.
The legislation encourages school districts to adopt new career ladders and evaluations for teachers by giving districts that chose to do so roughly $300 more per student to help pay for the costs of implementing the new programs.