Senate democrats and other adversaries to reforms in K-12 education were issued a warning by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad during his weekly news conference recently. He said that if these blockages to education reforms continue to prevail, political demise would surely ensue and people will hold them (senate democrats) for their failure to act.
The governor has expressed his worry that the current deadlock will pave the way for the state to fail in qualifying for a No Child Left Behind Privilege.
Democrats having no interest in reforms like expansion of charter and online schools (the Unions presume these schools to be clever ways to disregard tenure indirectly), are doing their best to prevent these milestones for education from happening.
While Branstad continues on his campaign for changes in the Iowa’s educational system, sites have been required to only achieve minimum standard in order to be granted the NCLB waiver. The governor hopes for a wide-scoped education reform and the ability to deal best with abusive and mean teachers who cannot be replaced due to the protection provided by the tenure.
This year, the two sides of Senate have argued mostly about tenure. Republican Senator Pat Ward assaulted the concept on tenure-based pay, saying that paying teachers in accordance to how long have they been in service makes no sense and despised the thought that the best way to measure good job performance or to find a reason in laying off is by looking at the person’s seniority. Ward proved his point by stating that merit worked well – most employers hire, evaluate and layoff based on a person’s performance, not on attendance.
Democrats currently hold the senate by 26-24 and this year’s election results in Iowa will greatly affect the future of the state’s education reform.
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