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Iowa Senate approves education reform bill


The Iowa Senate has approved their version of an education reform bill.

The bill was approved in a 27-24 vote. The legislation now goes to the Iowa House, but the House has approved a sharply different version of this bill.


A measure backed by Governor Terry Branstad and Republicans who hold a House majority calls for third graders to meet reading benchmarks before being advanced and for 11th graders to take competency tests in core subjects.


The Senate's bill is expected to focus on early reading and small class sizes in the early grades as well as expand core classes to include arts, music, and technology.

The Senate is also hoping the bill will improve teacher-to-teacher collaboration, utilize online learning resources and intensify connections between schools and the families of struggling students.




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