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Governor offers suggestions to improve Iowa schools
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 15:31 PM

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recently held a summit in downtown Des Moines on the future of education in the state, the Des Moines Register reports. More than 1,650 politicians and educators attended the meeting and submitted their ideas to improve the academic system.

Branstad said he believes that the State Board of Education strengthened the Iowa Core Curriculum by implementing the Common Core State Standards. This is a national curriculum in mathematics and English language arts that strives to ensure that all students learn the same topics during the same grades, regardless of where they live, according to the standard's website.

Other ideas Branstad offered to further improve education across the state included expanding charter schools as well as updating the mathematics, science, social science and literacy standards, the news source states.

Additionally, in order to prepare more students to enroll in a college or university upon graduation, the governor said local teachers should be better prepared to meet pupils' needs. Branstad said this must include giving educators more professional development and collaboration time.