K-12 STUDENT SAFETY IS LOCAL CONTROL SCHOOL BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITY
Greeting Nicholas Johnson, Ex Iowa City School Board Member, Iowa City School Board, C. R. Gazette & Des Moines Register Editorial Boards, Iowa Newspaper Association, Iowa Association of School Boards, Dept. of Ed. Director Ryan Wise and all—
IASB, INA, and Ryan Wise, please forward this post to all Iowa school boards, newspapers and school superintendents, in the interest of improving student safety. Thank you very much.
Nicholas, your 400 word, guest column in the 2-28-18 Gazette should have been addressed to the Iowa City School board, where you once served. You wrote: “And federal and state legislators (along with Iowa's governor) know that, so long as they march in lockstep with the National Rifle Association, more schoolchildren will be shot. For those paid big bucks to lead institutions - legislators, corporate CEOs, university presidents, school superintendents - responsibility for identifying and preventing potential disasters is part of their job description. But our real question for you is why, after 300 school shootings, did you so miserably fail at your job of anticipating the danger, and preventing it from happening this time?”
Nicholas, your guest column is immoral, if not disastrously irresponsible, for these 5 reasons. Iowalive classifies it as BBR—Burn Before Reading.
1. It did not ask the Iowa City, or any school board to do anything, it can independently do right now, to make a school district safer for students, teachers and others.
2. It subtly and irresponsibly attacked legislators, corporate CEOs, university presidents and school superintendents for not adequately attacking legal gun owner rights
3. It subtly and irresponsibly attacked legal gun owners’ constitutional rights
4. It did not admonish the school board in Florida, that inadequately protected students and others while it attacked legal gun owner rights and guns for causing the shootings
5. It did not admonish Iowa school boards, that inadequately protect students and others, while board members attack legal gun owner rights and guns for causing school shootings
Nicholas, Iowalive challenges you, and the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) , to name one Iowa school board that has asked for capable school volunteers to bring their guns to school to protect themselves, students, teachers and others—as well as legal gun owner rights. For comparison, Iowalive claims it can more easily identity 330 school boards and the IASB who haven’t asked!
Similarly, Iowalive challenges the Des Moines Register, Cedar Rapids Gazette editorial boards and Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) to name one Iowa newspaper that has called for a school board to ask for capable school volunteers to bring their guns to school to protect themselves, students, teachers and others—as well as legal gun owner rights.
They all seem to either condone or practice the immoral, if not disastrous, tactic of inadequately protecting students, teachers and others and then attacking legal gun owner constitutional rights and guns for causing school shootings. The clock is ticking towards the next school shooting. And Iowalive cannot find and identify any school board or newspaper that will admonish such immoral, if not disastrous tactics.
Please help Iowalive find those who will condemn such tactics so they can be cited as what a good one looks like—for protecting students, teachers and others.
And help Iowalive find those who have helped make schools targets in gun free zones, that prevent law abiding people, such as parents, from protecting themselves or their kids on school grounds—and who can certainly be sued by someone if they are harmed by a shooter in a gun free school zone.
Local control Iowa school boards have nearly unlimited power to provide safe schools. They need to do it.
Similarly, the Iowa City School board certainly has the power and responsibility to raise Iowa City’s poor 194th state ranking in 4th reading posted on website http://www.iowalive.net/readingallstested15-16.htm . And they likely try to fraudulently blame that poor ranking on poor and minority kids.
Here are some questions, and why won’t Gazette editors ask them and report answers or the lack of them--received?
1. Which is more important to the Iowa City school board?
a. Teacher and administrator salaries and pay increases? Or
b. Student safety?
2. On which does the board spend more time?
3. What has the board done to improve student safety?
4. Where does student safety fit on the board’s priority list?
a. How much will the board spend for it. When? How?
b. The districts’ FY 2018 budget is $283,877,265 for 13,850 students
c. That is $20,497 per student and Iowalive can’t find a budget line item for even $1 per student, for student safety!! How come?
5. Do you believe the gun free zone law will protect Iowa City students?
6. Do you believe any law will protect Iowa City students from law breakers?
7. How much authority and responsibility does the local control school board have for school safety?
Here are some references to study to see ‘educations’ track record under local school board control. You all seem to have a starry eyed view of Iowa K-12 school boards and their caring for Iowa school kids.
CONSTRUCTIVE CONCERNS ABOUT $36.3 MILLION TO CHANGE IA SCHOOL EXAMS
UNACCEPTABLE FLAWS IN IOWA SCHOOL REPORT CARD ASSESSMENTS
$23.6 BILLION TOTAL INCREASE IN IA K-12 FUNDING FOR 17 YEARS OF FLAT READING SCORES
HOW & WHY IOWA ADOPTED THE LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN MIDWEST AND SCHOOLS CAN’T MEET IT!
Shame on the Gazette for wasting time and space on such an irresponsible column.
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