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Thursday, April 12, 2007

On the Road with Linda: An Open Letter to Iowa's Senators and Representatives

Excerpted from this post at On the Road with Linda
Dear Members of the Iowa General Assembly, The 32,000 members of the Iowa State Education Association would like to thank you for the landmark piece of legislation, Senate File 277. This bill at long last fulfills the promises made in the Teacher Quality law of 2001, creates a new collaborative professional development system, and improves the accountability system so all educators are focused on increasing student achievement. ... Thank you for including area education agency professionals and school nurses in the teacher salary increases. ... Thank you for creating pilot projects that will study pay-for-performance and career ladders instead of implementing them immediately. ... Thank you for developing an administrator improvement and accountability system similar to the system for teachers. And finally, thanks to all of you for truly making a difference for children and public education in Iowa.

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