I watched Governor Branstad’s Condition of the State speech this morning. Unsurprisingly, education is one of his top three priorities.
The Governor referred to a “truly transformational education system” at the outset of his speech and stated that teachers are not the problem, but that they are stuck in a 20th Century system. The outlines for the education reform proposal are largely familiar for those following Iowa education issues.
Reporters noted that the audience was unusually quiet for a Condition of the State speech. There was no applause for the Governor’s proposal to replace allowable growth (which causes some property tax increases) with one hundred percent state aid. No further details were provided today (strings attached?) and some are unhappy that the Governor wants action on achievement-driven reform before allowable growth is set this session.