FAIRER DISTRIBUTION OF STATE SCHOOL AID FUNDING

2-24-13

Greetings, Gov. Branstad, Legislature Education Committees and all—

The clamor for more money for Iowa’s failed public schools, home of the defective student cult and teachers not trained to teach,  is worsening. 

Iowalive’s January 14, 2005 post, to state legislators and many others, proposed “A FAIRER STATE SCHOOL AID FORMULA”.  It adapted economies of scale learning curve principles, described on website:  http://www.protech-ie.com/lcprog.htm , to schools. 

Since that post, Iowalive net workers continued to evaluate and apply those principles to fair distribution of state aid to schools funding, as shown in the following table.  The numbers in the table show the glaring waste in the larger school districts, and how to start to slow it down, like a medical doctor stopping the hemorrhaging before attempting further treatment. 

By inspection, it is ridiculous to give the larger schools the same funding increase per student as smaller Iowa schools.  The need for funding proration is obvious, yet it is not practiced because of the greed and clout of the larger, much more wasteful, school districts having overpaid staffs and many buildings, and the districts themselves, on the In Need of Assistance list for continuing academic failures.

All 7 of the larger school districts in the table are on the  In Need of Assistance list for perpetual academic failures and are also overly protected by the Evil ISEA teacher union—and subsequently, state government, across the board.     

IOWA’S LARGER SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE LEAST EFFICIENT & WORST ACADEMICALLY

Iowa School Districts Show Diseconomies of Scale.  The Larger They Are, The More Inefficient They Are.  The Following School Aid Adjustment Factors Start To Correct This Problem by Applying Economies of Scale Principles, For Fairness To Students in Smaller Schools.  And, It Is A Far Better Investment To Provide More Funding To The More Efficiently Operated Schools.  Source:  Department of Ed. & Iowalive 2-23-13

 

Iowa School District

Total Served Enrollment

ECONOMIES OF SCALE, NEW FUNDING PER STUDENT  ADJUSTMENT FACTOR, %

ECONOMIES OF SCALE,  SCHOOL AID ADJUSTMENT FACTOR, FOR EVERY DOLLAR DES MOINES RECEIVES

Average District Operating Efficiencies %--SHOW DISECONOMIES OF SCALE

 

Des Moines Independent

31,168.8

35%

$1.00

36%

Cedar Rapids

16,078.2

42%

$1.20

37%

Davenport

15,545.5

Sioux City

13,656.0

Iowa City

12,489.5

Waterloo

10,451.9

Dubuque

10,434.3

Ankeny

9,242.2

44%

$1.26

38%

West Des Moines

9,044.7

Council Bluffs

8,514.6

Waukee

7,577.7

Linn-Mar

6,802.8

Southeast Polk

6,506.9

Johnston

6,331.0

Muscatine

5,209.2

47%

$1.34

40%

Cedar Falls

5,103.4

College

4,875.4

Marshalltown

4,849.2

Bettendorf

4,441.4

Ottumwa

4,439.5

Ames

4,332.9

Burlington

4,214.3

Pleasant Valley

4,169.4

Urbandale

3,886.1

Mason City

3,802.1

Clinton

3,669.4

Fort Dodge

3,618.1

Indianola

3,474.0

Lewis Central

3,087.5

Western Dubuque

3,078.0

North Scott

3,022.8

 

 

Newton

2,931.2

55%

$1.57

41%

Norwalk

2,529.0

Dallas Center-Grimes

2,366.5

Oskaloosa

2,329.2

Marion Independent

2,278.6

Pella

2,267.8

Storm Lake

2,220.8

Denison

2,192.6

Boone

2,177.4

Waverly-Shell Rock

2,122.7

Mount Pleasant

2,111.0

Fort Madison

2,058.2

Le Mars

2,033.1

Glenwood

2,021.4

Spencer

1,960.7

70%

$2.00

44%

Carlisle

1,912.7

Keokuk

1,902.9

Clear Creek Amana

1,870.9

Perry

1,794.4

Knoxville

1,746.1

Carroll

1,726.9

Grinnell-Newburg

1,703.7

Washington

1,696.0

Fairfield

1,694.4

Decorah Community

1,688.1

Winterset

1,682.0

Ballard

1,660.0

Webster City

1,652.3

Charles City

1,590.9

Vinton-Shellsburg

1,582.9

Sergeant Bluff-Luton

1,567.9

Adel DeSoto Minburn

1,560.0

Harlan

1,559.0

Bondurant-Farrar

1,540.3

West Delaware County

1,534.8

Nevada

1,504.4

Atlantic

1,499.6

90%

$2.57

47%

Central Clinton

1,472.7

Benton

1,463.8

Center Point-Urbana

1,453.7

Maquoketa

1,450.7

Creston

1,447.9

Mid-Prairie

1,377.5

Centerville

1,368.2

Gilbert

1,363.7

South Tama County

1,360.0

Independence

1,357.2

Algona

1,354.1

Clarke

1,352.1

Solon

1,350.5

Chariton

1,349.4

Humboldt

1,348.5

North Polk

1,339.2

MOC-Floyd Valley

1,338.3

Saydel

1,327.9

Estherville Lincoln

1,324.9

Clear Lake

1,304.0

Mount Vernon

1,274.3

Howard-Winneshiek

1,256.7

Davis County

1,247.4

Oelwein

1,238.0

Spirit Lake

1,232.1

Anamosa

1,223.9

Union

1,221.7

Hampton-Dumont

1,203.2

Allamakee

1,192.9

Red Oak

1,181.8

Williamsburg

1,162.0

Iowa Falls

1,150.3

Albia

1,144.4

West Liberty

1,142.6

Forest City

1,136.5

Sioux Center

1,091.6

Clarinda

1,086.2

Camanche

1,077.0

Monticello

1,074.1

Central Lee

1,073.6

Roland-Story

1,049.4

PCM

1,040.4

Jefferson-Scranton

1,020.6

Cherokee

1,016.2

New Hampton

1,010.7

Shenandoah

1,006.4

Sheldon

974.3

100%

$2.86

49%

Woodward-Granger

951.3

Osage

938.3

Okoboji

932.4

West Marshall

927.7

Eddyville-Blakesburg-

925.0

Jesup

919.4

East Sac County

918.0

Tipton

916.4

East Marshall

910.7

Interstate 35

869.6

Aplington-Parkersburg

861.0

Clarion-Goldfield

854.9

West Lyon

851.0

Missouri Valley

849.0

Northeast

837.4

West Burlington Ind

836.7

Dike-New Hartford

832.7

Mediapolis

829.6

Garner-Hayfield

826.3

West Central Valley

823.0

Eagle Grove

822.2

Louisa-Muscatine

820.0

West Branch

807.4

Central Springs

793.2

Wilton

792.4

MFL MarMac

792.1

North Fayette

784.4

North Cedar

784.0

Treynor

774.1

Columbus

771.2

Sibley-Ocheyedan

770.1

Rock Valley

761.3

Denver

750.0

Emmetsburg

741.5

Underwood

739.4

Panorama

737.1

Hudson

736.0

Wapsie Valley

734.9

Hinton

720.9

Tri-Center

712.2

IKM-Manning

709.5

Belmond-Klemme

699.5

115%

$3.29

52%

Highland

696.0

South Hamilton

695.9

Wapello

692.7

West Sioux

687.1

Pocahontas Area

686.4

Central Decatur

685.8

Maquoketa Valley

684.6

Manson Northwest Webster

684.1

Durant

682.4

Colfax-Mingo

674.5

West Fork CSD

673.7

Grundy Center

673.4

Nodaway Valley

673.2

Madrid

670.2

Ogden

667.4

Clayton Ridge

666.8

Maple Valley-Anthon Oto

666.7

Pekin

666.4

West Monona

663.9

Pleasantville

658.8

Central Lyon

653.5

CAM

653.2

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

652.3

Battle Creek-Ida Grove

649.2

Alburnett

648.0

North Linn

646.0

Van Meter

645.1

Boyden-Hull

632.9

Bellevue

631.8

Logan-Magnolia

630.1

Prairie Valley

629.0

Mount Ayr

628.0

St Ansgar

626.7

North Butler

623.0

West Hancock

622.4

Sioux Central

619.1

Lawton-Bronson

618.5

Earlham

618.4

Nashua-Plainfield

618.1

BCLUW

617.7

South O'Brien

614.8

Rockwell City-Lytton

612.1

Danville

610.2

Lisbon

609.9

Starmont

602.4

Lake Mills

601.0

Cardinal

598.9

Van Buren

598.4

Postville

598.2

Woodbury Central

593.2

Riverside

584.7

Belle Plaine

567.3

East Buchanan

562.0

Eldora-New Providence

561.6

Wayne

560.5

North Mahaska

555.5

Gladbrook-Reinbeck

555.4

AGWSR

553.0

Griswold

551.0

Edgewood-Colesburg

545.1

Westwood

539.2

A-H-S-T

539.0

South Winneshiek

537.4

Audubon

531.9

Iowa Valley

530.1

Martensdale-St Marys

529.4

Guthrie Center

527.3

Sigourney

527.1

New London

527.0

North Tama County

525.6

Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom

519.4

Sumner

511.4

Akron Westfield

510.8

Southeast Webster Grand

509.2

Calamus-Wheatland

508.3

Montezuma

501.1

Southeast Warren

494.6

East Mills

493.1

Waco

488.2

Lone Tree

484.2

Northwood-Kensett

480.4

Alta

478.6

Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rk

473.1

Bedford

471.3

Central

469.4

Dunkerton

467.7

Newell-Fonda

467.1

GMG

459.3

Lynnville-Sully

458.6

Galva-Holstein

458.1

Lenox

457.1

Midland

457.0

Kingsley-Pierson

453.0

Corning

449.6

East Union

447.9

Collins-Maxwell

447.2

North Iowa

443.6

Tripoli

442.0

Central City

440.0

Colo-NESCO School

435.8

George-Little Rock

434.0

Fremont-Mills

432.7

English Valleys

432.2

Winfield-Mt Union

430.0

Boyer Valley

426.2

Preston

425.5

Woodbine

424.4

Baxter

417.3

Valley

417.0

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn

414.4

River Valley

395.7

Hubbard-Radcliffe

387.2

Twin Cedars

386.4

Turkey Valley

386.3

Eastern Allamakee

382.0

Remsen-Union

377.3

West Harrison

370.0

Coon Rapids-Bayard

369.3

Sidney

365.2

Moravia

350.7

Springville

350.1

Lamoni

349.9

Janesville Consolidated

349.7

Glidden-Ralston

343.0

Murray

338.5

Odebolt-Arthur

334.1

West Bend-Mallard

330.0

Adair-Casey

328.7

Schaller-Crestland

324.1

Harris-Lake Park

320.4

Charter Oak-Ute

317.6

H-L-V

310.7

Keota

309.0

Riceville

306.6

Graettinger-Terril

305.0

Fredericksburg

302.1

Clay Central-Everly

301.0

Melcher-Dallas

298.0

130%

$3.71

55%

Villisca

298.0

Clarksville

297.8

Harmony

291.6

Laurens-Marathon

284.0

Ventura

282.9

Southern Cal

281.4

Aurelia

278.2

North Kossuth

272.2

West Central

264.3

East Greene

241.0

Tri-County

239.0

Stanton

236.0

CAL

235.4

Ar-We-Va

232.3

Alden

232.1

Elk Horn-Kimballton

231.4

Whiting

229.1

Seymour

225.4

Ruthven-Ayrshire

221.0

Essex

219.2

Hamburg

217.0

Armstrong-Ringsted

216.4

Mormon Trail

216.2

Moulton-Udell

213.0

United

206.5

Northeast Hamilton

203.0

Sentral

196.0

160%

$4.57

57%

Schleswig

193.0

Farragut

171.1

Paton-Churdan

168.2

Exira

164.9

Andrew

161.0

Orient-Macksburg

159.1

North Winneshiek

151.3

South Page

146.6

Delwood

142.2

Morning Sun

127.0

Walnut

125.2

Diagonal

113.0

Olin Consolidated

104.0

East Central

103.0

Albert City-Truesdale

101.2

Stratford

93.6

LuVerne

93.0

Corwith-Wesley

91.0

Bennett

67.0

Gilmore City-Bradgate

64.0

Dows

50.0

Twin Rivers

43.0

Titonka Consolidated

35.0

Prescott

33.0

Clearfield

19.0

Woden-Crystal Lake

0.0

TOTAL

476,245.0

Anyone Claiming To Have Better Numbers Is Asked to Provide Them

 

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

The bottom line, prorate school funding increases on economies of scale shown in the above table and statewide student achievement will increase by at least 10%, within 5 years!

Sincerely,

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