Education policy bill likely moving to negotiation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate is taking steps to move an education policy proposal to a negotiating committee.

The Democratic-majority Senate voted 26 to 24 Wednesday to amend a House version of the bill to match a Senate proposal. The bill will now go back to the Republican-controlled House, with the expectation that it will soon move to a joint conference committee for negotiations.

The Senate and the House have developed different versions of Branstad’s plan to improve Iowa schools.

Branstad’s proposal boosts minimum teacher salaries from $28,000 to $35,000 and provides incentive pay to teachers who take on extra responsibilities. The House watered down the plan in February, making parts optional. But the Senate beefed it up, adding more leadership pay options.

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