Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa lawmakers have invested plenty of time on proposed reforms to Iowa's public schools, but it looks like big changes to the education system are unlikely this session.
Branstad initially offered a number of proposals, including
linking teacher pay to performance in the classroom, requiring
potential teachers to meet grade point standards before they could
seek education training and holding students back if they didn't
meet reading benchmarks.
After complaints from teacher groups and others, Branstad
delayed the proposed salary changes, and now it appears that many
of his other proposals will fall by the wayside due to
disagreements with Senate Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal notes the Legislature
likely will approve plans to increase spending on early elementary