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Iowa Gov. Branstad says ‘states school feds on standards’ in op-ed

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and former North Carolina Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt say states haven’t been able to wait on Washington, D.C. and are pushing forward with their own education reforms.

States have seen the need for improvement in education, the opinion reads, and so have pushed forward with Core Curriculum State Standards.

“It is why our two states — along with more than 40 others — developed and adopted the Common Core State Standards in the past two years. It is also why — irrespective of what may or may not be happening in Washington — we are pushing ahead with implementation of these standards,” the op-ed reads.

Branstad set a campaign goal of making Iowa first in the nation for education, and is pushing to change the way students are evaluated and teachers are paid in the state. He’s called for the creation of a tiered pay system for teachers and end-of-course exams for high school students, among other things.

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