Senate Democrats' plan follows Branstad lead on education overhaul

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Not long after Iowa House Republicans scaled back the governor's education plan by making several key components optional, Democrats in the Senate have beefed it up again with language mandating more teacher pay and leadership programs.

The revamped plan would increase the minimum teacher salary to $35,000 and would offer several options to school districts on how to set up the leadership system, which the House plan had made optional. The Senate would also provide more overall funding for schools.

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