IOWA'S SCHOOL TAX CREDIT SYSTEM MUST BE FIXED!!
Greetings, Legislature Education Committees, Iowa Association of School Boards and all—
Superior educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson, responds to the Des Moines Register article on School Tax Credit for nonpublic schools, that must be fixed to eliminate the requirement to use poorly trained, Iowa certified teachers!! This deliberately stifles competition and makes it more difficult for nonpublic schools to reach the academic excellence they seek—for the kids!!
It must be fixed!!
Dr. Sue Atkinson Writes:
The 5-14-17 Register article covering the debate on expanding tax credits to nonpublic schools misses an important point: not all nonpublic schools are religious. This represents competition for public schools they are not prepared to fight.
I was a co-founder for a group that successfully lobbied for open enrollment, signed into law in January 1989. The hope was for competition to improve schools. In today’s environment, only allowing the option of selecting among public schools condemns Iowa students as Iowa educators drag their feet in meeting their own state grade standard, which is below national grade standard.
Iowa educrats already limit enrollment in online schools – in addition to requiring them to use poorly trained Iowa licensed teachers (as the National Council on Teacher Quality cites Iowa for no and low standards in licensing requirements and ranks Iowa’s teacher training programs in the bottom 20% of the country). As Iowa students fall in NAEP rankings with other states (even though test scores remain static), competition should allow the option for students to enroll in online schools using teachers more effectively teaching concepts – as other countries do to out-educate us (according to PISA international tests).
WHY ARE IOWA EDUCATORS FIGHTING SO HARD TO PREVENT IOWA STUDENTS FROM THE QUALITY EDUCATION THEY DESERVE, USING NATIONAL GRADE LEVEL STANDARDS (that Iowa educators lack the ability to provide)?
HOW & WHY IOWA ADOPTED THE LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN MIDWEST
HOW EDUCATORS RUINED & CAN FIX IOWA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sue Atkinson, PhD
P. O. Box 301
Baxter IA 50028