Governor Reynolds Comments on Passage of “AEA” Bill

Governor Reynolds issued the following statement on Senate passage of HF 2612 to reform Iowa’s Area Education Agencies, improve special education outcomes, and raise teacher salaries for new and experienced teachers:

“Today’s vote by the Senate sends a strong message: every Iowa student deserves a world class education, and the compensation of every Iowa teacher should reflect the importance of their role.

“Over the last several weeks, this bill has been the focus of much discussion and debate. Change is seldom easy, but it is necessary to achieve better results. Reforming the AEA system creates accountability, transparency, consistency, and most importantly, better outcomes for all Iowa’s students.

“I look forward to the work ahead to implement this bill and the possibilities it holds for Iowa’s students.”