The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

June 3, 2013

Branstad will sign education reform bill at school


Associated Press

DES MOINES —

Gov. Terry Branstad will head to a Des Moines high school to sign an education reform bill into law.

Branstad plans to sign the bill in the auditorium of Des Moines North High School on Monday morning.

The education plan approved by the Legislature includes more basic school funding for the next two academic years, as well as increased money for districts that adopt a program to raise minimum teacher pay and offer leadership incentives. A task force will review teacher evaluations and some restrictions on home-schooling will be lifted.

Branstad made education reforms a priority of the legislative session, arguing that Iowa's public school system has gradually fallen from among the best in the nation to middle of the pack due to years of complacency.