Iowa House Passes Education Reform Package

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Iowa House passe- a sweeping education reform package on a largely party-line vote late Wednesday morning that requires more student testing, calls for the expansion of charters schools and keeps a controversial third grade retention program in place.

The House also rejected key components in Gov. Terry Branstad’s reform proposal such as requiring prospective teachers to have and maintain a 3.0 GPA and put new restrictions on who can take online classes.

“This online learning is a strange new animal, but we have some language to tame that animal,” Rep. Royd Chambers, R-Sheldon, told his colleagues shortly before the vote. Chambers is a high school teacher and floor managed the House bill. “This bill is a blow to the status quo, which is a positive thing.”

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