CUT UNFAVORABLES, NOT FAVORABLES--TO SAVE AREA EDUCATION AGENCY (AEA) MONEY

4-22-16

Greetings Dr. Sue Atkinson, Representative Chris Hall and all--

Thank you Dr. Sue for your following powerful note identifying flawed teacher training and flawed teaching as major contributors to $77,463,000 K12 Ineptness annual waste shown in the $265,850,000 AEA annual waste chart farther below. 

To his credit in a separate note, Representative Chris Hall referred to it as an “impressive chart”!

Chris, if  you truly believe that, and Iowalive believes you do, you will immediately contact Radio Iowa’s Kay Henderson and withdraw and apologize for your irresponsible cutting remarks that stated, “That means that we’re talking about cuts to speech language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, special education consultants and other experts who support autism, challenging behaviors and reading instruction”.

If you won’t do that, you should immediately resign!!  Here’s why.

You cited a bogus $5 million AEA budget cut and immediately threatened irresponsible resultant cuts to favorable AEA activities and favorable AEA results!!  You didn’t even hint at identifying and cutting unfavorable AEA activities and unfavorable AEA results—as if there aren’t any—which you should know is bogus. 

The “impressive chart” you cited below identifies 9 of them producing waste! 

School officials and others practice the same irresponsible ‘cutting’ behavior.   They immediately pounce to threaten cuts to the favorables and leave the unfavorables alone, as if they are sacred.

Here’s the bottom line deal, Chris. 

Whenever you, or anyone, hears of any threats, thoughts or talk of cutting favorable activities or favorable results, demand their immediate withdrawal!  If not forthcoming, demand resignations of those responsible for them.   

Will you join Iowalive net workers and display good leadership--and do that, Chris?  Or will you please resign?

The same applies to educators, school administrators, newspaper reporters, editors etc., etc.!!

Any notion of cutting the favorables must be stopped--now!!  The unfavorables must be identified and cut instead!

What say you, Chris?  Hope to hear from you soon as the legislature is about to adjourn. 

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Sincerely,

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

POWERFUL NOTE FROM DR. SUE

From: Sue Atkinson [mailto:atkinson@partnercom.net]
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2016 6:29 PM
To: 'IOWALIVE GMAIL' <iowalive4@gmail.com>; 'KAY HENDERSON' <khenderson@learfield.com>

There is a misperception of what the AEA does.  Yes, it helps students with disabilities, BUT it has also been trying to educate perfectly normal students who do not respond well to teachers ineffectively trained to teach – according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (which ranks Iowa’s teacher training programs in the bottom 20% of the country and the elementary reading program a complete failure).

IF teachers were trained to effectively teach concepts, then the AEA oversight of Special Education would drop considerably, thus requiring big reductions in funding.  The number of students in Special Ed. increased dramatically during the decades of memorization (which NCLB began changing back to concept-based).  That number should continue to go down if concepts are being effectively taught, but Iowa teachers are not trained to do this.

The chart below is based on results from Iowa Assessments, and show an inverse relationship to per-student costs over the decades.

IOWA K12 EDUCATION’S TRAIL OF TEARS

 

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786

AEA WASTE CHART REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS HALL CITED

HOUSE  GIVES AREA  EDUCATION AGENCY (AEA) BUDGET A $1.3 MILLION INCREASE

WASTE STARTS AT THE TOP WITH THE *ISEA TEACHER UNION BACKED STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

THE TOTAL IOWA AREA EDUCATION AGENCY BUDGET (AEA) WAS NOT CUT AS RADIO IOWA CLAIMED, IT WAS ACTUALLY INCREASED BY $1.3 MILLION.   Source:  Representative Ken Rizer & Iowalive  4-21-16

DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT

Amount Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa,  Incorrectly Reported As Cut From AEA Total Budget on 4-20-16

$5,000,000

Amount of Total, Net,  AEA Budget Increase According to Representative  K. Rizer on 4-21-16

$1,300,000

Total Previous AEA Budget  According to Representative Ken Rizer on 4-21-16

$407,700,000

New Total AEA Budget  According to Representative Ken Rizer on 4-21-16

$409,000,000

Avg. AEA Operating Efficiency, Year-To-Date 4-1-16

35%

Total AEA Waste In Previous Budget

$265,850,000

AEA WASTE BREAK  DOWN %

WASTE $

Poor State Board of Education Oversight  22%

$89,694,000

K12 School Ineptness 19%

$77,463,000

Poor Department of Education Oversight  17%

$69,309,000

Poor Legislature Oversight  9%

$36,693,000

Flawed AEA Processes  8%

$32,616,000

Biased, AEA Favorable Media Coverage 8%

$32,616,000

Poor AEA Management  6%

$24,462,000

Avg. AEA Over-Compensation 4%

$16,308,000

Unco-operative Parents 3%

$12,231,000

All Others  4%

$16,308,000

Derivation methods for operating efficiencies are posted on website:   http://www.iowalive.net/deriveopeff.htm

Anyone claiming to have better numbers is asked to provide them.

 

*THE UGLY IMPACTS ON IOWANS--ISEA TEACHER UNION--IA. PUBLIC ENEMY # 1

 

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