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Gov. Branstad talks education reform with Dubuque Rotary Club

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Governor Branstad is hopeful his education reform package will pass this week. At least, that's what he told members of the Dubuque Rotary Club over lunch Tuesday. Governor Branstad is hopeful his education reform package will pass this week. At least, that's what he told members of the Dubuque Rotary Club over lunch Tuesday.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Governor Branstad is hopeful his education reform package will pass this week.

At least, that's what he told members of the Dubuque Rotary Club over lunch Tuesday.

Branstad said the education reform legislation, which has passed both the Iowa House and Senate, is now in conference committee. If committee members can agree on the legislation, it will go to a yes-or-no vote, without the option of amendment, and could pass as early as this week.

"We're very close to an agreement," Branstad said. "This agreement would provide 4 percent additional state aid for the next two years and significant education reforms focused on improving student achievement by giving teachers more responsibility and making it more attractive for high achievers to go into teaching."

He urged continued progress toward Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative and praised the state's growth in the economic development sector, calling Dubuque of model of that.

The governor toured the city earlier Tuesday.

"We got a chance to see the success they've had and what they've done to revitalize the riverfront area, downtown, the quality jobs," Branstad said of Dubuque. "This community went through some tough times in the '80s, has come back very dramatically, and this is a prototype for what we'd like to see happen all over the state of Iowa."

At the Dubuque Rotary Club lunch Tuesday, the governor also discussed his efforts to lower commercial property taxes in Iowa and limit the growth of tax rates for residential and agricultural properties.

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