GOOD JOB, IA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, WALT ROGERS!!!

5-19-17

Greetings, Walt Rogers, Chair of House Education Committee, and all—

IASB, please forward to all Iowa school boards.  Thank you.

GOOD JOB,  IA State Representative, Walt Rogers!!!  He refuted false school funding cut claims and is very concerned about school funding inequities.  Please read on!!

SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES—NOT CUTS

Representative Rogers' powerful guest column in the 5-16-17 Cedar Rapids Gazette did a good job of refuting the false claims that Iowa K-12 schools had their funding cut.  He clearly showed they actually received the following excessive increases totaling $792 million.  And as he noted, only $57 million was one-time funding.  The remaining increases continue annually and all accumulated to $3.013 billion increase in just 6 years.  It is worse than compound interest.   And unfortunately, it is even much worse than he reported, as proven in the farther below table and chart, produced primarily from his numbers. 

ACTUAL IOWA K-12 SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES DID NOT IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT—AS USUAL

FY12 - $178 million

FY13 - $29 million

FY14 - $63 million (plus $57 million in one-time funding)

FY15 - $149 million

FY16 - $37 million (plus $50 million in Teacher Leadership funding)

FY17 - $82 million (plus $53 million in Teacher Leadership funding)

FY18 - $40 million (plus $54 million in Teacher Leadership funding)

TOTAL  $792,000,000 WASTED

TABLE SHOWS ACTUAL $3.013 ACCUMULATED IA K-12 SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES—ALL WASTED

THE MEDIA FAILS TO REPORT $3.013 BILLION ACCUMULATED INCREASED K-12 SCHOOL FUNDING IN 6 YEARS.  Source:  Iowalive  5-18-17

Fiscal Year

SCHOOL FUNDING

BASE INCREASE--Reported by Representative Walt Rogers

ACCUMULATED INCREASE--Not Reported by Rogers

ADDITIONAL FUNDING INCREASES--Reported by Rogers

TOTAL SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES REPORTED BY ROGERS

ACCUMULATED INCREASE IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING INCREASES

TOTAL ACCUMULATED INCREASE IN SCHOOL FUNDING--Not Reported by Rogers

PURPOSE OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING INCREASES

FY11 Baseline

$2,465,000,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FY12

$2,643,000,000

$178,000,000

$178,000,000

 

$178,000,000

 

$178,000,000

 

FY13

$2,672,000,000

$29,000,000

$207,000,000

 

$29,000,000

 

$207,000,000

 

FY14

$2,735,000,000

$63,000,000

$270,000,000

 

$63,000,000

 

$270,000,000

 

FY15

$2,884,000,000

$149,000,000

$419,000,000

$57,000,000

$206,000,000

$57,000,000

$476,000,000

One-Time Funding

FY16

$2,921,000,000

$37,000,000

$456,000,000

$50,000,000

$87,000,000

$50,000,000

$506,000,000

Teacher Leadership

FY17

$3,003,000,000

$82,000,000

$538,000,000

$53,000,000

$135,000,000

$103,000,000

$641,000,000

Teacher Leadership

FY18

$3,043,000,000

$40,000,000

$578,000,000

$54,000,000

$94,000,000

$157,000,000

$735,000,000

Teacher Leadership

TOTAL IN 6 YEARS

$578,000,000

$2,646,000,000

$214,000,000

$792,000,000

$367,000,000

$3,013,000,000

 

ANYONE CLAIMING TO HAVE BETTER NUMBERS IS ASKED TO PROVIDE THEM.

  

CHART SHOWS $3.013 BILLION IA K-12 ACCUMULATED SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES FOR 6 YEARS

AND THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT—ALL $ WASTED!!

IOWA TEST SCORES ARE  FLAT OR FALLING

Iowans can only hope more legislators, and the media, will catch on to the tragic school waste and stop it with school choice and relief from online and other schools being forced to use Iowa ‘approved’ teachers, curriculum and Iowa’s lowest student proficiency standard in the Midwest http://www.iowalive.net/howandwhyiowagotalowproficiencystandard.htm

SCHOOL FUNDING INEQUITIES

School funding inequities, also cited by Representative Rogers, are unacceptable.  Larger school districts show diseconomies of scale and get more funding per student than smaller school districts.  This must also stop!!  Please visit website  http://www.iowalive.net/schoollearningcrv.htm for reasons why!!

Sincerely,

Iowalive    A  g rowing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa