Branstad urged to overhaul teacher pay


July 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Business leaders say it’s time to overhaul the way teachers are paid in Iowa. They told Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday that teachers need to be paid like their workers – based on performance, not just on how long they’ve been on the job. Branstad says he’s open to the idea, noting he pushed the issue during his initial tenure as governor.

Business leaders joined Branstad during an education roundtable in Des Moines. The governor is holding a series of meetings to build toward an education summit later this month that includes U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.