WHY AND HOW MUCH IA STATEHOUSE LOBBYING PAYS--TEACHERS SWINDLED

9-11-17

Greetings, IA Legislature Education Committees, Legislature Leadership and all--

Since the Supreme Court has equated political spending with free speech, it should come as no surprise big spenders try to influence political decisions.  IT PAYS!!  Read on to see a table showing how much and more!!

$60 MILLION PAYBACK FOR LOBBYING

 Where Does the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees Get All That Money??!!

IT PAY$ TO LOBBY IOWA STATEHOUSE POLITICIANS!!

The top 14 Iowa spenders on Iowa Statehouse lobbyists, reported in the 8-24-17 Des Moines Register, spent $3.7 million for an estimated 5 year benefactor return of $60 million--a 1,611% return on spending on lobbyists.  Source:  Des Moines Register and Iowalive  9-6-17

TOTAL  2016-17 SPENDING ON LOBBYISTS RANKING

ORGANIZATION PAYING LOBBYISTS

AVG. YEAR-TO-DATE 8-1-17 INTEGRITY INDEX SCORE

AVG. YEAR-TO-DATE 8-1-17 OPERATING EFFICIENCY

2016 SPENDING ON LOBBYISTS

2017 SPENDING ON LOBBYISTS

TOTAL  2016-17 SPENDING ON LOBBYISTS

ESTIMATED TOTAL 5 YEAR  BENEFACTOR PAYBACK

RETURN ON LOBBYIST SPENDING %

1

Iowa Association of Community College Trustees

55

4%

$280,736

$289,598

$570,334

$4,500,000

789%

2

Iowa Hospital Association

80

25%

$224,000

$265,800

$489,800

$1,400,000

286%

3

Wellmark Inc.

90

30%

$193,498

$191,972

$385,470

$10,500,000

2724%

4

Altria Client Services LLC and its affiliates

45

20%

$188,485

$172,701

$361,186

$600,000

166%

5

Iowa Medical Society

40

18%

$148,658

$204,759

$353,417

$45,000

13%

6

Iowa Economic Development Authority

4

10%

$155,992

$171,000

$326,992

$10,500,000

3211%

7

Iowans for Tax Relief

215

53%

$181,438

$0

$181,438

$27,000,000

14881%

8

Iowa Board of Regents

140

51%

$0

$176,214

$176,214

$950,000

539%

9

Iowa Beverage Association

170

58%

$0

$174,006

$174,006

$450,000

259%

10

Mercy Health Network

155

55%

$0

$156,000

$156,000

$625,000

401%

11

Iowa Health Care Association

35

12%

$0

$149,495

$149,495

$140,000

94%

12

Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

150

25%

$144,000

$0

$144,000

$170,000

118%

13

Iowa State Association of Counties

10

9%

$132,644

$0

$132,644

$850,000

641%

14

Federation of Iowa Insurers

3

10%

$126,225

$0

$126,225

$2,300,000

1822%

TOTAL

$3,727,221

$60,030,000

1611%

Integrity Index Score Derivation Methods are Posted on website:     http://www.iowalive.net/integrityderivation.htm on a scale of 0 to 1,000 tops, where significant integrity starts at 300, evil is at 250 and below.  Grand larceny scores 40.

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

There is a strong .89 Correlation Coefficient of Integrity and Operating Efficiency; a weak .44 for Integrity and Return on Spending; and a very weak, negative -.26 for Integrity and Total Spending on Lobbyists

 

ISEA OPAC

And not be outdone, the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) PAC contributes heavily to the Democrat Party to get more pay and benefits for teachers and to sustain the pathetic status quo in Iowa ‘education’! 

ISEA TEACHER UNION CONTRIBUTED $400,000 TO DEMOCRAT PARTY IN 2016

ISEA Claims it Represents 34,000 Iowa Teachers Whose Dues are about $1,000 per year

If  so, IA Teachers Pay $34 Million in Dues Per Year, Which is $170 Million in 5  Years—Compared to $13 Million Democrat Payback!

Questions:  Are ISEA officials exaggerating number of dues paying members as well as giving teachers a poor return on their dues??!!

What do ISEA Officials do With All That Money?

$400,000 Iowa State Education Assn. (ISEA)  PAC Political Contributions in 2016  Will Pay Back Teachers $13,000,000 in next 5 years,  for a 3,250% Payback.   Source:  Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board & Iowalive   9-7-17

Expenditure Date

Expenditure Name

Purpose

Amount

ESTIMATED TOTAL 5 YEAR  DEMOCRAT  PAYBACK

7/18/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$25,000

$13,000,000

7/18/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$25,000

9/8/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$50,000

9/8/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$50,000

9/14/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$25,000

10/3/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$25,000

10/3/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$100,000

10/3/2016

Iowa Democratic Party

Political Contribution

$100,000

TOTAL

$400,000

$13,000,000

Anyone claiming to have better numbers than those herein is asked to provide them.

LOBBYISTS BLAME  POOR AGENCY PERFORMANCE ON LACK OF STATE  FUNDING

In Iowa, where NAEP results show students falling in national ranking as the country struggles in the bottom of international PISA exams, it should come as no surprise to find the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees as the highest spenders the last two years, and the Iowa Board of Regents third and fourth.  Their paid lobbyists falsely blame poor agency performance on lack of State funding.

In addition, the Des Moines Register http://www.desmoinesregister.com/news/ includes education in its list of “partners”.  Register editors are corrupt and don’t want to embarrass their  educator ‘partners’.  To heck with the kids. 

This explains why there is no coverage of the findings of the latest National Council for Teacher Quality Report that all but one teacher training program in the entire state is a failure at elementary reading because of the use of wrong materials and wrong theories.    http://www.nctq.org/dmsView/UE_2016_Landscape_653385_656245      The one program that includes all of the five concepts for reading and uses the correct material to train teachers to effectively teach them is not the University of Iowa where the Iowa Reading Research Center is attached.  http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/2016/findings/search.do?programId=1&range=90

IF the Register does cover NAEP results, it puts “spin” on the coverage to show that the test scores are at the national average – BUT COMPLETELY FAILS TO INCLUDE THE DROP IN NATIONAL NAEP RANKING as other states figure out how to change their teacher training programs and improve student achievement.

The Register also fails to cover how the engineering schools are bailing out the teacher training programs – after the attempt by Iowa’s trained teachers to write a math curriculum was so embarrassing it had to be replaced by the national Common Core.  The attempt at writing a reading program took a similar route, as last December saw the most recent change that actually made it look like the national Common Core – FINALLY.

Lobbyists have removed the requirement of NCLB and ESSA to hold states accountable with the enactment of the following:

 https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/K-6%20Early%20Literacy%20Alternate%20Assessment%20Manual.pdf 

Iowa Code section 279.68  and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 62 require that all students in kindergarten through third grade participate in universal screening in reading to determine their level of reading or reading readiness. This requirement includes students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who will or are likely to participate in alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards in third grade. Because this group of students present a broad range of intensive and diverse needs, an alternate approach to assessment is required. For example, approximately 50% of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities cannot use speech well enough to read aloud, many others cannot hold pencils or use standard keyboards, and all experience a combination of cognitive and linguistic impairments that make it inappropriate for them to participate in standard assessments even with accommodations.

Unfortunately, there is no valid or reliable reading screener for students with significant cognitive disabilities. As such, the Iowa Department of Education issued Guidance on May 30, 2014 [Iowa Citation Code, 256B; Iowa Administrative Code citation – IAC 28162.3 (6)] that allows a district to, “Permit a student with a disability who has been determined to require an alternate assessment aligned to alternate academic achievement standards in reading to take an alternate reading assessment[1] that includes progress monitoring.

Iowa educators are continuing down the road of blaming students for poor results rather than taking responsibility for the failure to properly train teachers, and paid lobbyists are as much to blame as the Des Moines Register (for failing to tell the public and politicians the truth).

ISEA LINKS

ISEA TEACHERS UNION CONTROLLED BY DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORISTS

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

Sincerely,

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