Ten Iowa legislators are trying to resolve an array of differences in the education reform plans Republicans and Democrats developed, including the question of whether to confine one proposed perk to people who live within the state's borders.
Both the House and the Senate have voted to award "Teach Iowa" scholarships to top college students who enter the teaching profession.
Republican House Education Chairman Ron Jorgensen of Sioux City, notes both plans target top students:
A college student who promises to teach for five years could be eligible for up to 20-thousand dollars and Jorgensen says House Republicans want to offer that incentive to any college student.
Senator Herman Quirmbach (KWIRM-bawk) of Ames says he and other Democrats want to limit that 20-thousand dollar offer just to Iowans.
This is one of dozens of differences a 10-member conference committee needs to resolve before a final education reform plan can be presented to all 150 legislators for a vote.