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Gov. Branstad visits North Cedar Elementary

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Governor Terry Branstad touched on a lot of topics with students at North Cedar Elementary in Cedar Falls. His main focus; the major changes to Iowa's education system.

His proposal would change how teachers are paid and increase standards for measuring student performance.

The governor says he would create a system where instructors would be classified from apprentice teachers to master teachers.

Under Branstad's plan, students would have to pass literacy tests to advance beyond the third grade, and would have to demonstrate competency before graduating from high school.

One of the main concerns by many is how the state is going to afford the new education system.

"So not as we look to the future we need to look at how we reallocate our present resources. Already 58% of the budget is going to education," said the Governor, "We want to make sure those resources are focused on the things that will get us the best achievement for the students and then we also want to look at what additional resources can we provide as well."

The governor concedes the plan could cost more than the nearly three and a half *billion dollars the state currently spends on schools, but he says a final price tag hasn't been set.

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