IA SCHOOLS DEMAND $1.9 BILLION MORE TO WASTE

2-10-16

Greetings, IA State Legislature Education Committee Members, especially those trying to get control of school waste, and all—

The K-12 school gold rush is on again.  Inept school officials and some state senators demand $1.9 billion more to waste, over 10 years, with no mention or expectations for improved student achievement, such as flunking fewer 3rd graders in 2017. 

Cedar Rapids school superintendent, Brad Buck, is gathering up academically abused  kids to use as props in his phony demands for more school funding.   You will see him in Des Moines today,  crying like a baby for more money to waste in his poorly managed, pathetic, second largest in the state--school district.  He blindly ignores problems and demands more money.

Here are Iowa’s chronic public school problems in a nutshell.

1.    Iowa’s 3 public universities don’t teach teachers the five essential components for teaching reading—so they don’t know how to teach reading when they graduate

2.    Schools don’t test and teach to students’ learning styles, such as done so effectively at Judy Hintz’s Educational Resource Associates school in West Des Moines

3.    School officials, teachers and the evil ISEA teacher’s union focus on money rather than student achievement

a.    School boards are stacked with ISEA lackeys because it pays

4.    Education plans don’t include measurable expectations for improved student achievement, so no measurable improvements are realized

5.    The devious Iowa Department of Education adopted and uses the lowest Student Proficiency Standard in the Midwest to make IA schools look better than they are

6.    Iowa’s FAST reading test benchmarks are pulled out of thin air, or worse,

a.    They have no honest relationship to grade level, National Percentile Rank or National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), integrity, common sense or other honest measures of student achievement.

b.    Iowa Assessments tests are no better

7.     Schools are not held accountable for student achievement

8.      Schools blame students and their parents, who themselves were educated in the public schools, for school failures, rather than schools themselves

a.    All claims by Iowa educators that students are to blame for poor reading skills are provably bogus by the computer instructional programs, by the private tutoring services, and by the P-tech schools.

9.    Legislators and school boards have blindly given schools more money

a.    School officials are never asked to make better use of existing funding before demanding more

b.    Consequently schools continue to spend on things that don’t work

Here’s how to fix Iowa’s schools

1.    Reverse the problems cited above.

2.    Solicit and listen to problem solvers outside of education

3.    Learn from the following, unrefuted websites:

‘EDUCATION’ NOT SAME AS IOWA SCHOOLS

89% OF IOWA MATH STUDENTS ARE BELOW INTERNATIONAL GRADE LEVEL

SCIENCE RANKING OF 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015   50.29% Below National Grade Level

MATH RANKING OF 338 IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015  49% Below National Grade Level

  READING RANKING OF IA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, 2014-2015   49% Below National Grade Level

IA K12 SCHOOLS SPENT $23 BILLION FOR FLAT ACT SCORES

IA SCHOOLS WASTED 24% MORE THAN ALL IA CITIES SPENT

GROSS MISREPRESENTATION OF % OF IOWA STUDENTS REPORTED PROFICIENT

70 YEAR CHART SHOWS 50 YEARS OF IOWA PUBLIC SCHOOL FAILURES

ABCs OF IOWA SCHOOL FAILURES, THEIR CAUSES & FIXES  $178 Billion Wasted as of 2009

Sincerely,

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