A group 39 school districts have been selected to launch teacher leadership systems this fall as part of Iowa's 2013 education reform legislation. The Johnston, Southeast Polk, North Polk, Norwalk and West Des Moines school districts are among a mix of urban, suburban and rural districts chosen from 146 applicants for the first round. Participating districts must: raise minimum teacher salaries to $33,500, improve mentoring for new teachers, and create a rigorous selection process for teacher leadership roles. In return, they will receive about $309 per student. Teacher leadership systems will be phased in over three years, with the goal of all districts participating by 2016-17, although whether to do so is a local decision.