Democrats offer compromise education plan
DES MOINES (AP) — Senate Democrats offered a new compromise on education policy Monday that would allow school districts to opt out of adopting new teacher pay policies, but they did not agree to a revised system of teacher evaluations sought by House Republicans.
The proposal came after a week with little progress on Gov. Terry Branstad’s proposed education overhaul. The Democratic-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House have approved different versions and haven’t yet been able to work out a final deal.
Branstad has proposed boosting teacher pay and providing leadership incentives. Democrats said Monday they’d agree to make those reforms optional for districts — something Republicans had been seeking. They also agreed to a new minimum salary number of $33,500, less than they originally sought.
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