Capitol Recap

Funding for Higher Teacher Salaries Among Iowa Legislative Actions

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

The following offers highlights of the recent legislative sessions. Precollegiate enrollment figures are based on fall 2007 data reported by state officials for public elementary and secondary schools. The figures for precollegiate education spending do not include federal flow-through funds, unless noted.


Gov. Chet Culver
30 Democrats
20 Republicans
53 Democrats
47 Republicans

Gov. Chet Culver on May 9 signed legislation approved in the recently completed Iowa special session that would provide $75 million to boost teacher pay in the state, helping to move it closer to its goal of reaching the median national salary.

Last year, the state ranked 34th in the nation in teacher pay. Teachers, on average, have received about $5,000 in increased pay over the past two years.

The legislature also approved a bill, since signed by Gov. Culver, requiring schools to adopt the new Iowa Core Curriculum for all students in grades 9-12 by 2012 and grades K-8 by 2014.

The curriculum outlines literacy, mathematics, science, and other skills for students to master. The legislature provided $2.1 million to help implement the new curriculum.

And lawmakers approved a bill that would establish the Senior Year Plus Program aimed at helping high school students earn college credit. The program was financed at $1.9 million.

Vol. 27, Issue 38, Page 19

Published in Print: May 21, 2008, as Funding for Higher Teacher Salaries Among Iowa Legislative Actions
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories





Sponsor Insights

Vocabulary Development for Striving Readers

Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Successful Intervention Builds Student Success

Effective Ways to Support Students with Dyslexia

Stop cobbling together your EdTech

Integrate Science and ELA with Informational Text

Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?

Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning

Building Community for Social Good

5 Resources on the Power of Interoperability from Unified Edtech

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

5 Game-Changers in Today’s Digital Learning Platforms

Hiding in Plain Sight - 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom

The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Tips for Supporting English Learners Through Personalized Approaches

Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

SEE MORE Insights >