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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Cyclone Conservatives: Teacher pay becomes teacher's choice

Excerpted from this post at Cyclone Conservatives

It doesn't matter who is in charge in the Iowa General Assembly or Terrace Hill, public school teachers are going to get a raise. Nobody wants to see sub par education in this state and nobody wants to see good teachers leave the state because they can find better opportunities in another state. With that being said, its good to see teachers are getting a raise. However, the manner in which they receive the raise is not, in my opinion, kosher at all. The General Assembly has passed legislation that will make Iowa the absolute middle of the pack in terms of teacher's salaries (until other states up theirs again and the new rankings are established). That's all fine and dandy until you consider that the bill strips away a lot of authority and power away from the local school boards. I ran for school board in 2004 and while I narrowly lost, I still follow the ebbs and flows of what goes on in the Sheldon Communi ty School District. I don't always agree with the members or decisions, but I completely agree that those on the board should be the ones making the decisions and not legislators in Des Moines, bureaucrats in Des Moines, or worse yet elected officials and bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

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