The Quad-City Times has a legislative preview out today focusing on education issues. The key issues identified by the Q-C Times are: teacher and administrator evaluation and compensation, statewide testing mandates, bullying, and college tuition costs.
Anti-bullying legislation has been previously covered on this blog here (or click the bullying category). It will be interesting to see the proposed legislation, but previous proposed legislation raised First Amendment issues, including the scope of authority school administrators should or should not have regarding out of school speech, as well as and just how much responsibility parents should have for the behavior of their children.
I’m interested to see the statewide testing mandates described as controversial, as I haven’t seen much public discussion of the issue. I am wondering who is raising the issue for this legislative session without waiting for the assessment task force to complete its work.
The five citizen committees referenced in the article are probably these:
- Assessment Task Force (ongoing–final recommendations due January 1, 2015)
- Commission on Educator Leadership and Compensation (ongoing)
- Competency-Based Education Task Force (final report December 2013)
- Council on Educator Development (ongoing–preliminary draft due October 1, 2015, final recommendations due November 15, 2016)
- Reporting Requirement Review Task Force (final report due December 2013)
The Iowa Department of Education website overhaul included a page with links to these and other Boards, Commissions, Committees, Councils and Task Forces.