Iowa lawmakers target education

If you want to be a teacher, you may look at Iowa, but be prepared to be ... well prepared.

The Iowa Legislature will consider big changes to the state's public school system as it convenes Monday.

Governor Terry Branstad on Friday announced a $25 million plan that includes raising standards for people who want to enter the teaching profession and requiring them to pass competency tests.

The governor also wants to increase testing of young children and students in high school, with intense help given to those who test poorly.

Branstad earlier decided to delay plans to change how teachers are paid, but Education Department Director Jason Glass says the other proposals would make a big difference in the state's schools.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says a tight budget could slow reform efforts.