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.