Iowa Governor looks to transform education system


      Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds have set lofty goals for their administration.

      They want 200,000 new jobs for Iowans, a 15 percent reduction in the cost of government, a 25 percent increase in family incomes and last but not least, they want Iowa to again have the nation's best schools.

      To accomplish this last goal, Gov. Branstad is committed to making educators better-prepared and better-trained as they step into the work force.

      Branstad and Reynolds' plan calls for higher standards for education students.

      KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa followed Branstad's visit to Estherville, Iowa. Forrest Saunders with KTIV reports that the "blueprint calls for a 3.0 grade point average for any student entering into teacher-preparation programs. Plus, for those who already have a job, it would evaluate them through annual assessments and peer reviews."

      It also calls for dividing teachers into four salary groups; Apprentice, Career, Mentor and Master.

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