DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad announced recommendations for improving the teaching of Iowa history in schools but acknowledged he can’t promise he’ll support funding the effort.
Branstad announced the history teaching recommendations Tuesday at a Des Moines elementary school before at least two dozen children, who sat on the floor between the governor and reporters.
The proposals came from the Iowa History Advisory Council, which was formed last year and issued a report this month. The recommendations include coordinating professional development for teachers and ensuring adequate state staffing to create Iowa history materials.
Despite supporting the concept, Branstad says Iowa is “facing some challenges,” and there may not be money available in the state budget to help implement the ideas.
Branstad expressed interest in a public-private partnership for funding but offered no details.