$23.6 BILLION TOTAL INCREASE IN IA K-12 FUNDING FOR 17 YEARS OF FLAT READING SCORES

2-11-18

Greetings, IA Legislature Education Committees, Iowa Association of School Boards, and all—

The more funding  K-12 educators get, the more they want.  Now they are pushing Iowans to contact their legislators to demand even more K-12 funding.  Iowalive herein obliges their  demands with two charts and more for your use!!  Iowalive’s 1-3-17 email to you was posted on website  http://www.iowalive.net/failuresandfix.htm and told you how educators ruined and can fix Iowa schools.  And it isn’t with a 1%, no strings attached, increase in state funding legislators now propose!!!

The  following chart shows 17 years of  flat 4th grade reading scores that was casually reported by the Iowa Department of Education, without any expressed concern at  all, much less providing an efficiency improvement plan for an effective fix!! 

17 YEARS OF FLAT 4th GRADE READING SCORES

Math and Science scores are similar

Just as bad, the following disastrous increase in K-12 school funding wasn’t routinely reported by the Department of Education at all.  But the Department fully cooperates and timely provides information Iowalive requests—even on a Sunday!!  And newspaper editors don’t ask for it.  They don’t care.  Except perhaps for the Newton Daily News and Sergeant Bluff Advocate. Others just blindly report fake news the educators want. Iowa parents and taxpayers are duped. Their kids suffer!! 

$23.6 BILLION K-12 FUNDING INCREASE FOR  17 YEARS OF FLAT READING SCORES

And Iowalive forecasts a sharp decline in corn and  soybean yields in 2019.  http://www.iowalive.net/longrangeiacornforecast.htm

Reckless  school  funding increases are not sustainable!!

TOTAL ACCUMULATED 17 YEAR STATE & LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES = $23.6 BILLION FOR FLAT STATE READING SCORES.   Source:  IA Legislative Services Agency, Dept. of Education and Iowalive  2-11-18

YEAR

PER PUPIL STATE FUNDING

YEARLY INCREASE ABOVE BASELINE FOR 17 YEARS OF FLAT READING SCORES

FY 2000

$5,122

BASELINE

FY 2001

$5,305

$183

FY 2002

$5,476

$354

FY 2003

$5,722

$600

FY 2004

$5,846

$724

FY 2005

$5,994

$872

FY 2006

$6,235

$1,113

FY 2007

$6,497

$1,375

FY 2008

$6,760

$1,638

FY 2009

$6,976

$1,854

FY 2010

$7,419

$2,297

FY 2011

$7,958

$2,836

FY 2012

$8,073

$2,951

FY 2013

$8,100

$2,978

FY 2014

$8,429

$3,307

FY 2015

$8,672

$3,550

FY 2016

$8,874

$3,752

FY 2017

$9,173

$4,051

TOTAL ACCUMULATED STATE  17 YEAR INCREASE PER  STUDENT

$34,435

AVERAGE STATE ENROLLMENT OF APPROXIMATELY *450,000 x TOTAL ACCUMULATED 17 YEAR INCREASE =

$15,495,750,000

ESTIMATED TOTAL ACCUMULATED 17 YEAR LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASE

$8,100,000,000

ESTIMATED TOTAL ACCUMULATED 17 & 10 YEAR STATE & LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES FOR FLAT READING SCORES

$23,595,750,000

ESTIMATED AVERAGE TOTAL COST PER K-12 STUDENT IN 2017.  Can Be Verified By Legislative Service Agency.

$16,700

*2016-2017 STATE ENROLLMENT WAS 485,147.

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

 

Superior educator Dr. Sue Atkinson wisely adds the following. 

The Iowa Department of Education released its Condition of Iowa Education report the end of January.  https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2017ConditionOfEducation_0.pdf   Much of the information coming from educators might be better labeled “fake news” because it fails to tell the truth about education.

·      Iowa’s educrats routinely fail to inform the public about the low standards used in this state to inflate results so as to appear better than reality, significantly reducing the quality of decision-making and holding down real education progress.

·      Iowa’s educrats routinely pass the blame for poor quality on to everything else possible (from the notion of “defective” students to not enough financing) rather than accepting responsibility for the situation and actually improving it as other states are doing (using national grade level standards that are higher than the ones Iowa uses).

·      Iowa educrats routinely cite the Iowa Assessments as the basis for their fake news claims rather than pointing out they lack the ability to design effective assessments based on how well students are learning concepts and can effectively apply them.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports Iowa’s basic entry level score at 71% and actual proficient level at 38% for 2015.  The chart above shows Iowa falsely claims 75% are proficient.  Fake news  Iowa educators have no shame!!

IS THIS HEAVEN?  NO!!!  IT’S IOWA!!

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Sincerely,

Iowalive   A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa