Iowa Governor, Lt. Governor taking education platform statewide

Sep 12, 2012

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be in Council Bluffs Thursday to talk about education reform.

Branstad and Reynolds have held forums throughout Iowa since late August, seeking public input on Iowa’s education system. Governor Branstad says he wants to improve student achievement through recruiting and keeping good teachers.  "We recognize that having a great teacher in every classroom is one of the most important aspects. Also, principals provide important leadership in their buildings, but they can’t do it by themselves. So we need to have both strong principal and teacher leadership and that’s what the focus of these forums is."

Branstad says he’ll push for a new model for teacher compensation during the 2013 legislative session so new teachers get better starting pay. He also wants a mentoring system that gives teachers the opportunity to move in to leadership positions.

The forum begins at 4pm Thursday at Abraham Lincoln High School.