Local

Bill To Transform Iowa Schools

Photo: clipart.com

Bill To Transform Iowa Schools

Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill into law¬†that he says will transform Iowa schools. The law creates new “leadership pathways” for Iowa teachers, offering bonuses to talented teachers who agree to coach other teachers in their district. Schools that choose to participate will get about 310-dollars per student to implement the law, which does call for raising beginning teacher salaries to 33-thousand-500 dollars a year.

The bill Branstad signed also provides Iowa’s public schools with something akin to a four percent increase in general state support for the academic year that begins this fall and another four percent boost in state support the following year. Branstad urged Iowa taxpayers to hold him and local school officials “accountable” for implementing the law.

A new performance rating for Iowa’s public schools will be devised and the legislation also does away with reporting requirements for parents who home school their children, plus a parent will be allowed to teach up to four unrelated children under the new law.

Recent Headlines

in National

Hyundai recalls 883K Sonatas

hyundai

Hyundai is recalling its popular Sonata midsize sedan to fix problems with the gear shift levers.

in National

Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop being mad all the time’

obama

The President took his criticism of congressional Republicans to a higher pitch on Wednesday, appealing to them to work with him to "get some work done."

in National

Sugar tax could be coming to your soda

soda

A lawmaker will launch the first national effort in years to tax soda, the latest bid to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks.

in National

U.S. economy bounces back in second quarter

consumer

Economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter, bolstering views for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.

in Local

Waste Water Rates Are Due to Change

Water Treatment

With a new water treatment plant in the works, the City of Yankton will be changing rates to fund the loan needed to make changes.