HOW MUCH COACHES, PROFS & SCHOOLS RIP OFF IA TAXPAYERS

2-1-18

Greetings, State Board of Regents, State Board of Education, Education Committee Legislators, Nji Akwi Cedar Rapids Communications Director &  Brad Buck Cedar Rapids Supt., and all—

The following table presents numbers showing how much coaches, profs and schools rip off Iowa taxpayers.  The Cedar Rapids school district raises it to an unethical, if not illegal level as well.   And the Cedar Rapids Gazette ignores it, of course.

MEDIA BIAS & TAXPAYER RIP-OFF ARE RAMPANT IN IOWA

Taxpayers are also Stuck With Inferior Products From Schools & Universities

DES MOINES REGISTER & C. R. GAZETTE PICK ON COACHES AND IGNORE PROFS', UNIVERSITIES  AND SCHOOLS RIPPING OFF IA TAXPAYERS'.  Source:  Iowalive  2-1-18

DESCRIPTION OF RIP OFF CULPRITS

% OF TOTAL DOLLARS RIPPED OFF

Cedar Rapids School District

64%

Iowa Public Schools--Average

62%

Universities--UI, ISU, UNI--Average

60%

University Professors

26%

University Head Coaches

8%

Numbers Derived Using Iowalive's  Proprietary Database and Algorithms Etc.

Anyone Claiming to Have Better Numbers is Asked to Provide Them.

 

UNETHICAL IF NOT ILLEGAL RIP-OFF

Nji Akwi, Cedar Rapids Communications Director prepared and widely emailed, on behalf of Superintendent Brad Buck, a  630 word solicitation, unethically if not illegally, using school district resources to blatantly lobby people to contact their legislators and tell your legislator to vote NO.  She specifically stated, Now is the time to contact your legislators and Governor Reynolds and ask them to VOTE NO on bills like SF 2091”!   It’s all about money—not the kids.  And she,  Buck and the school board will get away with it and the governor and legislators will give them at least 1% funding increases to waste—with no expectations for improvement of any kind, at any time.

IS THIS HEAVEN?  NO!  IT’S IOWA!!

SCHOOLS PANIC AT THE MERE THOUGHT OF ANY COMPETITION

OPEN ENROLLMENT, ONLINE, SCHOOL CHOICE, VOUCHERS AND HOME SCHOOL ARE ALL CONSIDERED TO BE COMPETITORS!

Nearly thirty years ago, Superior Educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson was co-founder of a state group that successfully lobbied for Iowa’s beginning open enrollment legislation.  She is  teaching and working to expand what she helped start.  She writes of inferior school products as follows:

IOWANS SHOULD STOP PAYING FOR INFERIOR SCHOOL PRODUCTS

How long do Iowa taxpayers have to pay for the inferior product of its public-school system?

·      About sixty years ago, public schools changed from a successful system of concept-based education that  developed in-depth thinking skills.  It changed to a system of memorization that required no understanding of the underlying concepts of the factoids being memorized.  This transition took less than ten years.

·      Students who could not succeed in this defective system of memorization were used as scapegoats by the system (either not being tested or not having their test scores counted), and standards were regularly lowered, all to convey the appearance of schools being good instead of actually being good.

·      After decades of reports trying to get public education back on track, businesses and the military finally prevailed on the national government to step in with No Child Left Behind in 2002.  Public education was given thirteen years (the “life” of a k-12 student) to replace memorization with concepts, train teachers to effectively teach concepts, count all test scores, close the achievement gap, AND raise standards back up to national grade level of the 65th NPR.

·      Iowa educators responded by adopting the pathetically low  40th NPR for its standard, where it remains to this day – and the Iowa Assessments are keyed to it – and Iowa fought having to make the transition.

·      Iowa educators have failed to write competent concept-based curriculum in math, reading, and science – AND they have admitted they lack the ability to write concept-based assessments.

·      In the latest reports from the National Council on Teacher Quality (December 2016 for elementary and June 2017 for middle and high school), Iowa’s teacher training programs have failed at the elementary level to use the right materials, AND the state has failed to put in place licensing exams for graduates of these programs to show they can effectively teach concepts.

·      SIXTEEN YEARS after NCLB, Iowa public education continues to use forms of memorization in teaching as well as memorization in its curriculum – INCLUDING a truncated version of phonics rules written for memorization (INSTEAD OF RETURNING TO COMPLETE PHONICS RULES IN PLACE PRIOR TO MEMORIZATION THAT ACTUALLY COVERS ALL WORDS).

·      As an increasing number of states adopt national grade level standards, close the achievement gap, and reduce the number of students in Special Ed.  They train teachers to effectively teach concepts to the various learning styles!  Unfortunately, Iowa public education continues to increase the achievement gap as well as the number of students in Special Ed by maintaining its low standards and failing to effectively train teachers to effectively teach concepts to the various learning styles.

How long must Iowa taxpayers continue to pay for this low-quality product.  Why do educators want to prevent students from transferring to a better system of education that will effectively remediate the achievement gap and significantly reduce the number of students in Special Ed? 

ACTION ITEM--

The state of Iowa can help all students by raising the standards up to national grade level and automatically licensing teachers who have successfully been licensed in states out-educating us, AND by allowing expanded open enrollment to schools showing they can meet this higher quality.

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786

 REFERENCES

IOWA K-12 EDUCATION SYSTEM DEFINED AND SCORED

IOWA'S REPORT CARD, SCHOOL RANKINGS AND CHEATING--333 DISTRICTS

FORMAL COMPLAINT OF MISCHARACTERIZED IOWA K-12 GRADUATION RATE CLAIM & FRAUD 

UPDATED   WHY SUMMER READING, TEACHER LEADERSHIP & OTHER 'EDUCATION FIXES' FAILED

DISCRIMINATION COST IOWA K-12 STUDENTS 9 GRADE LEVELS

DR. SUE REPORTS HOW IOWA EDUCATION GOT STUCK ON STUPID

DR. SUE ATKINSON'S RESEARCH PROVIDES VITAL NAEP ETC. DATA TO IOWA LEGISLATORS

ESSA THIRD DRAFT PLAN PERFORMANCE SCORES

HOW & WHY IOWA ADOPTED THE  LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN MIDWEST

 

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