Legislative Session Preview

The 2013 Iowa legislative session opens one week from today.  We’re still waiting on details, but here’s a quick summary of what I’ve seen so far:

We’re still waiting on an official proposal from the Governor or the DE, but there has been talk of a 177.5 million dollar plan which would include raising starting teacher pay, the teacher career pathways, and a tuition reimbursement program that would require recipients to commit to teaching for five years in Iowa.  There is also talk of amending the charter school law, online learning, and a mysterious proposal to replace allowable growth with some other funding formula to be announced later.

Bills have been pre-filed to count required instructional time in hours (1080) instead of days (180) and to create a parent empowerment petitions.

We’re still waiting on a competency-based instruction task force report, due January 15th.

It looks like the proposal to replace the Iowa Assessments with the Smarter Balanced Assessments will wait until 2014.