IA K12 SCHOOLS SPENT $23 BILLION MORE FOR FLAT ACT SCORES

The total 14 year K12 accumulated spending = the $23.3 billion increase + $77.98 billion total accumulated sustained spending = $101.28 billion!

ACT scores remained flat for 14 years despite $101.28 billion K12 spending--which some call an 'investment', and a poor one at that!!!

5-8-15  

Updated On 5-9-15 For You To Click Here For More K12 Damage   STOP $1,070,000 RIP OFF OF IA STUDENTS

Greetings, Governor Terry Branstad, Legislature Education Committees,  IASB, State Board of Education and all—Especially Mike Gronstal,

Senator Mike Gronstal wants at least $155 million more for K12 schools to get them on the compound interest path to $30 billion increased spending and waste in the next 14 years!   And he and his tax and spend ilk refuse to even consider schools making better use of the money they have. 

You have heard and seen a lot about the American College Test (ACT) tests taken and the scores achieved by Iowa’s best and brightest students.   The higher the scores the better.  The  following chart shows how cost per student increased from $11,586 to $18,509, for an accumulated total cost INCREASE of approximately $23.3 billion, in 14 years--and ACT scores were flat and actually fell some!! 

A table farther below shows the contributors to this disastrous assault on Iowa’s kids and taxpayers etc.

If you wonder why you have never seen these total cost per student numbers, it’s because you never asked for them, as if you didn’t care.  But you should care as educators, ISEA teacher’s union and their ilk continuously whine for more money and greatly exaggerate the benefits if they get it and the consequences if they don’t get it—as they squander it. 

Total cost approximately equals all state, local, federal, capital, bonds, fees, revenues spent by the schools plus total infrastructure costs etc..    Read on to see the best numbers available and how they were derived.  They compare closely to skyrocketing cost per student numbers posted on website:  http://www.iowalive.net/50yearsofschoolfailures.htm  for over 6 years, derived with the help of the Department of Education—as are the approximate updated numbers contained herein!   Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.  

Iowalive is not criticizing the Department of Education for not having more accurate numbers than Iowalive’s, available upon request, as no one had asked for them, until Iowalive asked for them.  And they are very difficult to collect.  And—those interested in getting more and more money for education, aren’t interested in hearing or seeing their total take.  It hurts their greedy cause. 

14 YEARS OF GREATLY INCREASED SCHOOL FUNDING AND SPENDING DID NOT RAISE ACT SCORES AT ALL

Total14 Year Accumulated Increased Spending/Cost Per Student = $23.3 Billion

Anyone Claiming to Have a Better Number is Asked to Provide it

Calculations for it Are Provided Below

 

CALCULATIONS FOR TOTAL ACCUMULATED K12 SCHOOL COST INCREASE

Since the Cost Per Student Chart below is available, the most  direct method to determine the total cost increase per student is by calculating the area under the right triangle as follows, and multiplying it times the total average number of Iowa K12 students--using junior high math.  Otherwise 14 calculations and summations are required to observe the evil principles of compound interest, where schools get increases on top of increases. 

The total accumulated increase in cost per student equals the area A under the following chart curve $48,461 times 480,771,  the approximate average number of students in the state, equals approximately $23.3 billion, calculated as:

From geometry and  the graphic above:  A = ((a = 18,509 -11,586) X b= 14 years)/2 = $48,461 total accumulated increase per student in 14 years = 58% increase.

There is an approximate average of 480,771 students enrolled in Iowa schools so:

48,461 X $480,771 =  $23.3 BILLION ACCUMULATED INCREASE IN TOTAL K12 SCHOOL SPENDING

From algebra--Dimensionally, the equation is:  Total Accumulated Cost = Accumulated Cost/Student times Total Students = Total Accumulated Cost

If there were no funding/cost increases, the total accumulated cost for 14 years = $11,586 X 14 X 480,771 = $77.98 billion  Iowans are paying through the nose for flat ACT scores and 'education' never delivered.  

Here is the way to make the calculation for a one year funding and spending increase.  A $250 million typical K12 school  total local, state, federal, capital, infrastructure, fees  etc. increase in 2000 lasts 14 years--so $250,000,000 is multiplied times 14 to get its total accumulated increase of $3.5 billion.  And ACT scores did not improve. 

6 WORST CONTRIBUTORS DESERVE 67% OF THE BLAME FOR FLAT ACT SCORES AND $23.3 BILLION INCREASED K12 SPENDING

To Fix K12 Schools You Must First Fix or Defeat Those Assaulting & Wrecking Them

Start At The Top of The List And Work Down Through It

Improvement Always Starts With Awareness

You Are Now Aware

THE TOP 6 CONTRIBUTORS  ARE 67% RESPONSIBLE FOR 14 YEARS OF FLAT ACT TEST SCORES AND $23.3 BILLION INCREASED K12  SPENDING.  Source:  Iowalive  5-7-15

CONTRIBUTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR  14 YEARS OF FLAT ACT SCORES AND $23.3 BILLION INCREASED K12 FUNDING & WASTE

% RESPONSIBLE

ISEA Teacher's Union & It's Gross Influences

19%

Department of Education

15%

Teachers

10%

Iowa Association of School Boards

8%

Local School Boards

8%

Duped Taxpayers

7%

Colleges and Universities That Fail To Teach Teachers How To Teach

4%

State Legislators

4%

Large Iowa Newspapers

4%

School Superintendents--Most are Figure Heads

3%

State Board of Education

2%

Parents, Who Themselves Were Educated in the Public Schools

2%

Students of Parents Who Were Educated in the Public Schools

2%

State Board of Regents

2%

All Other Administrators

2%

Iowa Governors

1%

U. S. Congress

1%

U. S Presidents

1%

All Others Including Banks, Construction and School Supply Businesses etc. 

5%

TOTAL

100%

Percent Contributed Derivation Methods are Similar to Those Posted on Websites: http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm  & http://www.iowalive.net/deriveopeff.htm    

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them.

PERCENT OF STATE AID AND LOCAL TAXES FOR K12 SCHOOL REVENUES

The following is a chart found on the Department of Education’s Website. Legislators are looking at ONLY 53.2% of what K12 schools are spending, based on only a few school revenues.   And that’s all school officials and the ISEA teacher’s union want them to see.  They don’t want anyone to see the $23.3 billion number at all, much less compared to the pathetic ACT scores.   And the 53% is likely only about 40% when  ALL revenues and costs are totaled.

The $23.3 billion was a horrible investment—and now you know it!!

What are you going to do about it?  Give Gronstal and robbers $155 million more?   

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