Iowa Education Association President urges everyone to put education first in Iowa
Sioux City, IOWA (KTIV) - Iowa has always prided itself on having a strong school system but with touch economic times, the President of the Iowa Education Association says he wants education to be kept a top priority.
President, Chris Bern, has spent the last two and a half months visiting schools across the state, talking with educators about the problems and different issues in each district.
He says most teachers are concerned about budget cuts and how it will affect their pay.
The association is recommending that schools take it slow and don't do any rash cuts in teacher salaries.
"If we start lowering salaries, it's already hard to find good quality people to come into the profession and so lowering salaries would just make that more difficult so I think we just need to find different ways to work together and get through the economy," said Chris Bern, the Iowa State Education Association President.
Bern represents more than 30,000 members of the Education Association.