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Lt. Gov. talks goals, education reform in Eastern Iowa tour

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MANCHESTER (KWWL) -

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds visited three Eastern Iowa communities Tuesday. It's part of the Branstad Administration's goal to visit all of the state's 99 counties every year.

Her first stop was at the newly-opened Fireside Pub and Steakhouse in Manchester.

Reynolds talked in front of a small crowd about the accomplishments of this past legislative session. She also talked about future goals, such as amending the state's commercial and industrial property tax rates. She said they're among the highest in the country.

Reynolds addressed the Governor's plan to reform Iowa's education system.

She said the proposed plan takes into account what has worked in other states.

"There are several states out there that have recognized that we're dealing with the 21st century and we need to change, maybe, some of the methods that we're using to teach students," she said, citing Ill., Mich., and Mass., among others.

The proposed reform, Reynolds said, could change the way teachers are hired and paid to one of a four-tiered structure.

"We want to make sure that we're capturing the best and the brightest to be teachers, and so we maybe want to take a look at the criteria that it takes to get into the teaching profession," Reynolds said. "We want to look at more clinicals so teachers are more prepared when they move into the classroom."

She said the Branstad Administration will release its draft of the education policy reform on Oct. 3, complete with all the details of the plan.

Reynolds also spoke Tuesday in Dubuque and Maquoketa.

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