SPECIAL EDUCATION SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL!
Greetings, Legislature Education Committees and All
The following chart shows Iowa spending on Special Education is out of control. Special education did not fix the problems educators caused and blamed on the students. Superior Educator, Dr. Sue Atkinson, explains the education problems following the chart.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NOW COSTS $18,745 PER STUDENT--PLUS INFRASTRUCTURE
For six decades, Iowa educators failed to properly assess the processes of their system of memorization to see that it was not working, preferring to paint a rosy picture through false information that has cost the state BILLIONS of dollars and failed to effectively education students.
Students were falsely blamed for learning gaps, with discriminatory theories invented to explain why the numbers looked the way they did not changed until Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 said it had to stop.
Students with low test scores (actually being failed by the system) were labeled Special Ed with no medical evidence whatsoever (only discrimination) so as to avoid counting their low test scores in order to inflate the average.
Whenever 50% of the students failed to do well on the Iowa Assessments tests, the test standards were lowered to inflate the results not changed until NCLB in 2002 set a benchmark for national standards States were expected to work toward (and assessments standards could no longer be lowered) --- and Iowa continues to use the lowest in the Midwest standard it finagled with the Feds.
Iowa educators fought the changes and failed to upgrade the standards, the curriculum, the teaching methods and the discrimination until they were forced to do so in 2016. As the changed curriculum (to concepts and their applications) was introduced in schools, the students who had started under the system of memorization needed to be effectively remediated in each discipline to get them up to speed on concepts for the grade level they were at . Iowa educators completely failed to do this and they fail to understand the necessity for it to this day. The results of these failures increased the number of students in Special Ed most of whom are only there because of the failures in the system. The number of Special Ed students should have dropped dramatically if Iowa educatgors had been effectively doing their job, but they have not. The original intent of Special Ed was to help students with medically-diagnosed problems to learn what they are able to, considering their medical issues. Because the requirement for a medical diagnosis was not included, educators falsely used this as a label to avoid accountability for their dysfunctional system needlessly costing the state and taxpayers billions of dollarsand the students a lifetime of grief.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Fix the education system and Special Ed. costs and damage to kids will be more than cut in half. Ten identified superintendents continue to refuse to step us.
10 IA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS NAMED & ASKED TO STEP UP
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