How will the 2014 session impact your school?
New and amended education laws went into effect on July 1, prompting school districts across Iowa to take note.
Among them, state legislators set aside $2 million to support an early warning system that helps schools identify and monitor struggling readers, as well as those students up through sixth grade who are on track to reach proficiency in reading.
Legislators also agreed to invest in support for teachers and school administrators who will put their Teacher Leadership and Compensation plans into practice in the upcoming school year. An education reform package adopted by legislators in 2013 paved the way for Iowa to create the nation’s most comprehensive Teacher Leadership and Compensation system, which uses the expertise of top teachers to strengthen the teaching around them and raise student achievement.
“While this session did not have the broad, sweeping changes of last year, it helped support and solidify Iowa’s efforts to strengthen teaching and learning in every classroom,” Brad Buck, director of the Iowa Department of Education, wrote to educators in the legislative summary.