Iowa education leaders say they will support Gov. Terry Branstad's plan to overhaul the state's schools as long as they believe his goal is to improve student performance.
Speaking Friday on the public television program, "Iowa Press," teacher union head Mary Jane Cobb suggested Branstad needs to focus more on supporting teachers in the classroom. She says his
plan emphasizes recruiting and training teachers but says little about helping them perform in the classroom.
Iowa Association of School Boards head Tom Downs says he favors expanding the core curriculum of required subjects. He also wants to improve the student testing system.
Education Department Director Jason Glass says the state must be
firm on raising teacher standards.