From the beginning, we have applauded and supported the administration of Gov. Terry Branstad for its pursuit of education reform. In a July 2011 editorial just after a two-day Education Summit in Des Moines, we urged Iowans - elected and appointed state and local government and education leaders, school administrators, classroom teachers and parents - to seize the moment for reform by embracing a commitment to building the "world-class schools" necessary to properly prepare our children for the world of tomorrow.
The first seeds of education reform were planted during last year's legislative session. This year, lawmakers must go further.