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Garrett at Blank Park Zoo julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us February 14, 15 and 16, One seating each day at 6p.m. Johnny's Italian Steakh0use will present its third an- Education Reform nual "Wild at Heart Valent es Day dinner at Blank Can we make Iowa schools the best in the nation again Park Zoo. This is a Valentine s dinner unlike any other, as they were until the last 15 years or so? One of the Guests will enjoy a three course meal overlooking a major bills that is in the works right now is the tropical rainforest with exotic birds and a waterfall; a governor s education reform bill. It is making its way very romantic setting, through an education subcommittee, as House Study rodents may require setting Dinner will start with an Insalata Caprese, Roma to- Bill (HSB) 4. I do not serve on the subcommittee, but I baits in hard-to-reach areas, matoes and fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil and hal- such as under the refrigera- samic. 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Each heart-warming en- tr4e contains less than 500 calories per serving and is low in saturated fat. All recipes are made with canola oil, which has the least sat- urated fat and most omega- 3 fat of all common culinary oils and is free of trans fat. Recipes include: Rustic Tomato Soup with Dirt becomes a conductor, which can drain battery power. For more tips on get- ting the most from your car's battery, visit the Car Care Council's website at www.car care.org. Comfort your heart with healthy entrdes such as this Skillet Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Kale Pesto. Grilled Cheese Crostini Gnocehi: Chicken Parmigiana 1 cups frozen pre-cut with Spaghetti Squash (1-inch cubes) Turkey Burger Casserole butternut squash, with Parsnip and Carrot thawed Frites 1 small red onion, Cornmeal-Crusted Fish finely chopped and Zucchini Chips 1 package (16 oz) Beef Ragout with Grilled prepared whole Bread grain gnocchi Skillet Gnocchi with 1 cup kale leaves, cut Butternut Squash and Kale into fine strips Pesto To prepare pesto: In food In this last nutrient-rich processor, pur6e kale, dish, whole grain gnocchi and lemon juice, Parmesan the "superfood" kale lay the cheese, walnuts and gar- foundation. Healthful con- lic for 2 minutes until paste venience foods such as pre- forms. While processing packaged, whole grain gnoc- on low, drizzle in canola chi and frozen, cubed oil. Warm large non-stick butternut squash save time skillet over medium heat. in preparing the dish. /~klpesCo,~t~sqtu~ "When putting together reel onion (reserve 2 Tbsp these recipes, I thought about for garnish) and saut4 for foods I would like to eat on 5 minutes. Add ~ocehi a winter night," says Blatner. and saut~ maother 5 min- utes until thoroughly heat- Skillet Gnocchi with ed. Top with kale s~m]ps and Butternut Squash chopped red onion. Serve. and Kale Pesto Yield: 6 servings Kale Pesto: Serving size: l cup gnocchi 2 cups chopped kale Nutritional Analysis per leaves Serviag: Calories 260, Total 2 Tbsp fresh lemon Fat 8g, Saturated Fat 1.5g, juice Cholesterol 5 rag, Sodium 390 2 Tbsp grated rag, Potassium 337mg, Carbo- Parmes an cheese hydrates 42g, F/ber 4 g, Sugars 1 Tbsp chopped 6 g, Protein 8 g walnuts For the recipes and infor- 1 clove garlic, minced marion, visit www.canola 2 Tbsp canola oil info.org. (NAPS)--For Earl Mon- roe's favorite diabetes-friendly recipes, which are also heart healthy, and tools to help nmnage the ABCs of diabetes, visit www.MerckDiabetes. com. To learn more about the connection between diabetes and heart disease, visit www. bit3y/]hkingI~abetesTo HearL am a member of the education committee. We will con- sider the hill that the subcommittee recommends. There are five parts to the bill. I can only give a brief summary of the provisions here. I expect that most people will agree with parts of the bill and disagree with others. The question will be whether or not it improves our current system, not whether it is perfect. We will have an opportunity to offer amendments as the process pro- ceeds. I have had the opportunity to discuss the proposal with several school superintendents from our area. Those discussions have been very helpful to me in get- ting a better understanding of the needs of our schools. Norwalk superintendent, Dr. Denny Wulf, was involved in developing these proposals. The first part of the bill has to do with teacher leader- ship and compensation. It provides opportunities for teachers to advance to different levels of responsibility with increasing pay. A controversial part would create opportunities for top teachers to mentor and help train other teachers who may need help. This would involve having top teachers leave their classrooms for part of the time to help other teachers. Beginning pay would be raised to $35,000. I was interested to learn that in our area some districts already have beginning pay at about that level. A concern is, if you raise beginning won't you also need to raise the pay of other teachers. % possible that the $35,000 could be chang-6d. It could be a burden for some districts. Another section provides for tuition reimbursements for students who are in the top 25% of the state's teacher preparation programs, with emphasis on students ma- joring in subjects such as science, technolob,engineer- ing and mathematics, or who will teach in districts where it is harder to hire teachers. The students will receive $4,000 per year for up .tofiv.e.years of teaching in Iowa. There will also be a pilot program where stu- dents will student teach for a full year instead of one semester. Another controversial provision would establish a program where graduating students could take a test and receive a "diploma seal" that would certify to col- leges and employers that the student is college ready or career ready. Unfortunately, a high school diploma does not necessarily mean that the graduate has reached those levels. Updating teacher and administrator standards and evaluations is another part of the proposal. This should enable Iowa to obtain a waiver from some provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. A worthwhile goal is to judge schools on the progress that their students have made, instead of whether they have reached a level of achievement, unfairly penalizing schools with larger numbers of underachieving students. The last part of the proposal would expand the use on online learning opportunities. Such programs can be especially beneficial in giving more students access to subjects with a shortage of qualified teachers, or for schools, especially smaller schools, where the number of students interested in the course does not justify hir- ing a teacher in the school. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at 515-281-3221 or Julian.Garrett@legis. iowa.gov. 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