Education plan introduced as Iowa Legislature begins
DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he wants to boost starting salaries for teachers as part of his newly released education plan, but his stance on school funding may run into resistance.
Just before the 85th session of the Iowa Legislature was sworn in, Branstad unveiled his plan to invest $187 million over five years in K-12 education. The proposal calls for, among other things, increasing minimum pay for entry-level teachers from $28,000 to $35,000 annually and offering tuition assistance to aspiring teachers.
Branstad said the plan would be funded with Iowa’s nearly $1 billion budget surplus.
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