Macedonia Rep. Forristall expects Education Reform Bill to pass in the IA House


March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Education reform will likely come before the Iowa House next week, and most expect lawmakers to approve a measure including new student tests and tougher teacher standards. Republican Rep. Greg Forristall from Macedonia, Chairman of the House Education Committee, says he expects the House to pass a bill supported by Gov. Terry Branstad.

The proposal includes new testing for third and 11th graders, a requirement that third graders demonstrate reading proficiency before advancing to the fourth grade, and a rule that potential teachers must post a 3.0 grade point average before entering preparation programs. Teachers also would have to demonstrate proficiency in their field.

The House could take up the matter Tuesday. The Senate has different priorities and it’s unclear whether the Legislature will agree on a plan.