Governor Branstad delivered his
State Condition of the State address at a joint session of the Iowa Legislature this morning.
While Governor Branstad referenced prior work on education reform and highlighted the work of the STEM Advisory Council, he didn’t spend much time on K-12 education policy. He proposed The Connect Every Iowan Act “to encourage access, adoption and use of broadband technology by businesses and individuals,” a plan to repurpose abandoned schools and public buildings, and the Bully Free Iowa Act of 2014.
The Governor wrapped up his address with a call to “dream even bigger.” With regard to K-12 education he specified:
We must dream of an Iowa where a world class education is not a dream, but a reality for every Iowa child. An Iowa that embraces the simple goal that every child should be ready to compete in a 21st century marketplace.