Iowa Education Reform Plan Inches Forward

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Terry Branstad's proposal for new education spending is inching forward in the General Assembly.

Senators in an education subcommittee voted Monday in favor of amending a House version of the bill to match the Senate proposal. If approved by the Senate in the coming days, it will go back to the House for review, but committee chairman Sen. Herman Quirmbach of Ames says the bill will likely land in a joint conference committee for negotiations.

The Democratic-majority Senate and the Republican-controlled House have developed different versions of Branstad's education plan. Branstad's proposal boosts minimum teacher salaries and provides incentive pay to teachers who take on more responsibilities.

The House watered down the plan last month, making parts optional. But the Senate beefed it up, adding more leadership pay options.

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