State Lawmakers Approve Education Policy Deal

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By Kayleigh Milas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state legislature has approved an education policy deal that would provide additional school funding.

Lawmakers in the state House and Senate approved the plan Wednesday. Republican Rep. Ron Jorgensen, of Sioux City, says the compromise plan would provide more basic school funding for the next academic year, as well as offer dollars to districts that adopt a program to raise minimum teacher pay and offer leadership incentives.

Under the plan, Jorgensen says a task force would review teacher evaluations and some restrictions on homeschooling would be lifted.

The bill will next move to the governor for approval. Both legislative chambers are in session Wednesday, with hopes of soon concluding the 2013 session.

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