Gov. Terry Branstad gave a sneak preview of his Condition of the State Monday by releasing details of the education reform package he hopes the split-control Legislature will approve this session.
Branstad is slated to spell out his 2013 agenda and offer a two-year budget plan when he addresses a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday. In advance of that speech, the governor and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released an education reform package that they say will bring Iowa closer to its goal of providing a world-class education to all children, no matter where they live.
Branstad told reporters at his weekly news conference that the package focuses on providing great teaching in every classroom to raise student achievement and to prepare Iowa’s children to compete for jobs in a competitive global economy.
The centerpiece of the Branstad-Reynolds administration’s education reform package is establishing a new teacher leadership and compensation system. The proposal is based on recommendations from the Task Force on Teacher Leadership and Compensation, which spent seven months studying the issue.
The teacher leadership and compensation system raises the status of the teaching profession and attracts and retains talented educators through various approaches, including raising Iowa’s minimum starting salary from $28,000 to $35,000 to make teaching more attractive.
Do you agree with that approach? Should any school reform legislation in Iowa include higher starting pay for teachers?