Many Of Governor’s Education Reform Ideas Hit Snag In Legislature: Sheldon Rep. Chambers Weighs In

Date posted - February 23, 2012

Democrats and Republicans in the legislature have shelved some key components of Governor Branstad’s education reform plan. For example, Representative Royd Chambers, a Republican from Sheldon, says legislators have questions about on-line, for-profit schools.

Two Iowa school districts would be allowed to continue their contracts for online for-profit schools, but the governor’s call to allow other districts to strike such deals has been put on hold. House Republicans have proposed a major delay in Branstad’s call to test third graders’ reading ability and have those who can’t read at grade level repeat third grade. Chambers says House Republicans propose having that go into effect in the fall of 2016 — when the kids who enter school this fall reach third grade.

Senate Democrats have rejected the idea of holding third graders back altogether. The governor also wanted to require that prospective teachers maintain at least a three-point grade average, but neither party has embrace that idea. Democrats want a study of the issue while Republicans propose exceptions to the grade-point requirement.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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