Iowa House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy has appointed State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City to the top post on the House Education Committee for the 2012 legislative session.

“With education reform a key topic of the upcoming session, Rep. Steckman’s experience in the classroom and the Iowa House make her well prepared to help lead the House Education Committee,” said McCarthy.  “After spending 30 years in the classroom, she understands the challenges our schools and teachers face every day. I trust her to listen to parents and school leaders to ensure any reforms considered by the Legislature next year will help improve student achievement.”

“Iowa has amazing schools and teachers already, but there is more we can do to build a highly-skilled workforce,” said Steckman.  “As the Legislature considers major education reforms next session, my top priority will be ensuring every Iowa child graduates with the skills needed to land a good-paying job.”