Statement by Iowa State Education Association president Tammy Wawro Print
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:21

In response to passage of the Conference Committee report on education reform

DES MOINES, IA (05/22/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Education Association is pleased a compromise has been reached on the education reform package. We know there are pieces in the bill that will benefit Iowa's students and public schools tremendously. Allowable Growth is now set for the next two years giving school districts a reliable and stable budget stream to plan for class sizes, course offerings, and school technology. The Iowa Early Intervention Block Grant means that K-3 students will continue to receive essential learning tools that are needed to enhance and improve their chances for a good beginning in school; Home Rule was defeated which could have hindered our ability to maintain a statewide standard of excellence; the teacher leadership pathways will enhance the roles of educators in our schools; and the Legislature has provided an opportunity for educators to be involved in studying our evaluation system and recommending improvements.

While there are disappointing portions of the bill, overall we are pleased with the outcome. At the end of the day, this funds our schools and provides educators a voice in their profession.

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The ISEA is a professional organization made up of nearly 34,000 educators who are dedicated to supporting and protecting a quality public education for all Iowa students. Great Education. It's an Iowa Basic!


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