Education, workforce development and child abuse policy are among the leading issues lawmakers hope to tackle during the upcoming legislative session.
Gov. Tom Vilsack and a group of legislators said Friday that the state will need to develop ways to attract more workers to remain competitive while putting in place an educational system that rewards teachers for delivering improved student achievement.
The governor spoke of a "triple threat" to the state's educational system: fewer young people entering the teaching profession, a high attrition rate among new teachers and projections of about 40 percent of teachers retiring in 10 years.
"If you put all those together, you have a serious concern about how you maintain quality in the classroom," Vilsack said.
Vilsack, House Majority Leader Christopher Rants and other legislative leaders spoke at a seminar for journalists.
Read the rest of this article in the 12/12 Pilot Tribune.