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Lawmakers set to debate Branstad’s education reforms

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 12:14 p.m. CDT

DES MOINES (AP) — Lawmakers in the state House are set to debate a scaled-back version of Gov. Terry Branstad’s education reform plan.

Debate on the legislation was scheduled for Tuesday. Last week, Republicans in the House education committee approved a plan to water down Branstad’s proposal. The revised proposal lets schools opt-out of Branstad’s proposed minimum salary increases and leadership bonuses.

Branstad wanted to mandate that minimum teacher salaries go from $28,000 to $35,000. Under the House Republican proposal, the salary increases would be to $32,000 for districts that participate in the reform plan.

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