The Iowa legislature has approved an education plan that would provide additional school funding. Lawmakers in the state House and Senate approved the plan Wednesday.
Republican Rep. Ron Jorgensen, of Sioux City, says the compromise provides about 4% more basic funding for the next academic year, as well as offer dollars to districts that raise minimum teacher pay and offer leadership incentives.
Jorgensen says a task force would review teacher evaluations and some restrictions on homeschooling are lifted.
Home schooling parents will be able to teach their kids driver's ed and be able to teach four unrelated students in the home. Jorgensen says some kids just don't do well in the "larger settings" of a public school classroom:
The package sets a minimum Iowa teacher salary of 33-thousand-500 dollars and offers stipends to talented teachers who mentor or coach others.
Public school districts that implement teacher mentoring programs would get about 310 dollars per student to finance the effort, but it would be optional, something Jorgensen and other Republicans insisted upon:
The bill will now goes to Governor Branstad for signature.
Radio Iowa and Iowa AP contributed to this story