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UPDATE: Iowa lawmakers begin debating education reform

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Lawmakers have approved a plan to increase funding for K-12 schools in the next two academic years, but debate over whether to approve a watered-down version of Gov. Terry Branstad's education reform proposal is ongoing.
 
Iowa House members began debating the governor's plan Tuesday evening. The discussions were expected to run late into the night.
 
Branstad's plan aims to improve Iowa schools by boosting minimum teacher pay and offering bonuses to senior teachers who take on tasks such as mentoring. But Republicans scaled back the plan last week, including allowing school districts to opt-out of the reforms.
 
Under the revision, minimum teacher salary increases would be up to $32,000 for participating districts.
 
Branstad's spokesman says the governor is confident districts would opt in.

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