Senate education measure follows Branstad’s plan
DES MOINES (AP) — Not long after House Republicans scaled back the governor’s education plan by making several key components optional, Democrats in the Senate have beefed it up again with language mandating more teacher pay and leadership programs.
The revamped plan increases the minimum teacher salary to $35,000 and offers several options to school districts on how to set up the leadership system, which the House plan had made optional. It also provides more overall funding for Iowa schools.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Herman Quirmbach of Ames, on Tuesday noted that he and other Democrats support much of the Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s original $187 million education proposal.
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