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Schools Warn: Class Sizes Will Rise if State Investment Falls Short Again Next Year

1/19/2016   

¬Iowa Legislature News Release
January 19, 2016
For more information, contact:
Senator Herman Quirmbach: (515) 291-8984
Representative Patti Ruff: (515) 281-3221



DES MOINES – According to a new survey, over 90% of school administrators said another year of stagnant state funding would lead to higher class sizes in their own school.
“Iowa’s local educators have told us, again, how underfunding local schools is limiting the opportunities of our state’s next generation. Underfunding education also undermines our state’s economic future, according to Iowa business leaders frustrated by a shortage of skilled workers,” said Senator Herman Quirmbach of Ames, chair of the Senate Education Committee. “I urge the House Republican majority to stand by the votes they cast last year for the education increase vetoed by Governor Branstad. Anyone can promise to support high quality schools. What Iowa needs right now are Republican legislators who join with Democrats and vote to keep those promises.”
The survey was completed by superintendents, principals, and other school administrators to gather information about the consequences of short changing public schools next year as well as determine the impact of the Governor’s veto last summer. In addition to raising class size, school leaders said underfunding schools next year would force them to delay purchases for books or classroom materials (77%); leave positions unfilled (71%); delay new technology (56%); and cut back literacy programs (43%).
“Iowa kids won’t get a world class education if schools have to raise class size, use old technology, and cut back literacy programs because of underfunding by the state,” said Rep. Patti Ruff of McGregor, Ranking Member of the House Education Committee. “It’s time for Governor Branstad and Republican leaders to listen to our school leaders and work with us to make public schools the top priority of the Legislature again.”
The survey also found 88% of the school leaders recommended the state provide at least a 4% increase in basic state funding next year.
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FULL SURVEY RESULTS WITH COMMENTS FROM SCHOOL LEADERS: http://iowahouse.org/pdf/1-16schoolleader-survey-webversion.pdf

2016 Iowa School Administrator Survey Results
257 Responses from Iowa School Administrators

What impact did the Governor’s $56 million school funding veto last summer have in your school?
(Please check all that apply)
Percent Responses
Increased class size 61% 157
Left positions unfilled 42% 109
Delayed new technology purchases 41% 107
Other 43% 113
Cut back literacy programs 29% 77
Cut back offerings in music, art, or P.E. 13% 34
Reduced extra-curricular programs 10% 26



What level of supplemental state aid should the Legislature set for 2016-2017?
Percent Responses
8% or above 5

7% 1
6% 31 88% say 4% or above
5% 32
4% 156
3% 25
2% 3
1% 0
0% 1



If schools receive stagnant state funding again next year, is it likely that class sizes will increase in your school building?
Percent
Yes 90.42%
No 9.58%




When thinking about the next school year, what is the likely result at your school if the legislature underfunds public schools again next year? (Check all that apply)

Percent Responses
Raise class size 84% 216
Delay purchases for books or classroom materials 77% 200
Leave positions unfilled 71% 184
Delayed new technology purchases 56% 145
Cut back literacy programs 43% 113
Other 33% 85
Cut back offerings in music, art, or P.E. 31% 81




Comments from Iowa School Leaders – 2016 Survey
Mike Dailey, Principal
Junior High, Southeast Polk
Our students get caught up in the numbers game when we add more students but no more aid is provided. That impacts us more than a district who is stagnant or shrinking. We have more students but no funds to work with for them.
Justin M. Gross, Nevada High School Principal
Nevada High School, Nevada
You cannot continue to say that we want world class schools, raise student achievement, provide more opportunities for students, and look for innovative ways to educate students without increased state funding.
Lynn A. Baldus, 6-12 Principal
St. Ansgar Middle and High School
We continue to have increased costs and see an increase in our students' needs (both academically and economically). We do not want to cut staff or programs, but we will not have a choice if we do not see increased state support.
Jonathan W Hasleiet, Elementary Principal
Center Point-Urbana Intermediate
Class sizes are going to continue to increase without funding. Keeping funding even is going backwards since costs continue to increase.
Jay Lutt, Elementary Principal/Superintendent
Westwood
We are at a critical time in Iowa. Lack of funding is going to hurt kids for years to come…This will haunt the state in the future as these kids head out into the workforce or college.

Kent Stopak, Elementary Principal
Titan Hill Intermediate; Lewis Central
The price of resources - fuel, utilities, textbooks, technology - continue to increase. The expectations to educate all students are increasing, and the needs of students are increasing.
Kim Nelson, Principal
Alden Elementary
We just can't keep 'getting by'--it's not fair to our kids or teachers.
Steve Humphrey, Principal
Middle School Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton
I have para-professionals in my building who do fabulous work with kids. I am ashamed of what we pay them.
Jill Burnett Requist, Principal
Carver ES; DMPS
95+% of my families qualify for income subsidies, and 50+% are English language learners. Our need for increased funding is real, and must be a priority.
Bob Schelp, Middle School Principal
East Marshall Middle School
The teacher leadership was a step in the right direction. Cutting funding for other parts of education hampers programming and staff. How encouraged will staff be to implement new techniques or strategies if they realize they may be cut next?
Linda Abbott, Principal
West Elementary Knoxville
It is essential that state funding keeps up with costs associated with a materials and technology necessary to educate students. We are currently experiencing an increase in EL populations and will need to provide additional support for these students as well.
TJ Potts, Elementary School Principal
Kennedy- Dubuque
It isn't all about funding. Things have changed and we need to adapt as educators, but there is at least some truth to “you get what you pay for" and the legislature is not willing to pay for education.
Mike Richard, Pk-5 Principal
Galva-Holstein
I have a high performing elementary, but it will not stay that way with decreased state funding. If we value education, back it up with appropriate funding. 4% is appropriate and not excessive. Thanks!
Tricia Rosendahl, Elementary Principal
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Elementary
We deal with mental health issues, poverty issues, and no vocabulary background that we have to tackle BEFORE we can begin to teach. We are registering ELL students in upper elementary and even high school that have never been in school before. Legislators need to come out to schools in rural Iowa and spend some time understanding. It isn't like when you when to school anymore!!!!
Dewey Hupke, Elementary Principal
West Elementary/ Independence
With the limited allowable growth, our school district was forced to eliminate a classroom position. The position was a 3rd grade classroom. In 2017, the State of Iowa says all 3rd graders need to read at grade level. This gets increasingly difficult when the budget of the district is severely limited by the lack of state funding!!
Gayle Allensworth, Principal
Osage (Lincoln Elementary)
Increased state aid is essential for equitable student programming and staff benefits. Right now we are not even marginally funding the expectation of world-class schools.
Lisa Wunn, Middle School Principal
West Delaware County
…At a time when producing workers with high-level technical and analytical skills is increasingly important to a country and/or state’s prosperity, reduced or no increase in funding for basic education threaten to undermine the nation’s economic future.
Erik Buchholz, Principal
Westfield Elementary / Linn-Mar
Next year will be our third year of the Teacher Leadership Program; which has allowed us as a district to improve teaching and learning across all grade levels. Without the increased funding, many of the leadership positions may have to be dissolved, and their effectiveness will be gone too.
Nathan Wear, Principal
Solon High School
It is absolutely critical to continue to appropriately fund education. We're cheating our students, our communities, and our future if we don't.
John Sheahan, MS Principal
Roland-Story Middle School
We have always prided ourselves as a great education state. Please continue making this a reality with a 4% increase.
Jeremy Langner, Assistant Principal
Waverly-Shell Rock High School
It isn't an expense; but rather an investment.
Kristyn Kell, Principal
BCLUW High School/BCLLUW
In a small district like mine I am unable to recruit strong teachers when they are only teaching 3/4 time because we cannot afford a full time teacher.
Amy Andreassen, Principal
English Valleys Elementary/English Valleys
Just this morning, a retired third grade teacher brought in a box of copy paper to donate to our school because she knows we are pinching every penny.

Ann Lebo, Secondary Principal
Grundy Center
Please provide funding for our schools so that every individual in Iowa has the opportunity to live a better life.
Daniel F. Grandfield, PK-4 Principal
Southeast Webster-Grand Elementary
At risk student numbers and costs for at risk students have increased. Without PROPER funding each year, they will be the first to fall through the cracks. Then there's Summer School for Substantially Deficient - how are we supposed to fund that (70 hours) without PROPER funding?
Lynne Wallace, MS/HS Principal
Mount Ayr MS/HS
For anyone to make an informative decision or build a school budget, all the facts and figures need to be known. When we do not know the state aid that we will be getting then we do not fill positions. We now have middle school classes with 29 and 30 students in each class. Even the very best teachers have difficulty providing interventions or enrichment when that many students are in one class! Please visit our schools in Iowa to see the needy students that we are trying to serve each day in overcrowded classrooms!...
Karleen Stephens, Superintendent/Elementary Principal
Diagonal Community School
In the past, Governor Branstad was a great supporter of schools. Schools could almost always count on a 4% increase. I don't know what has happened to the Republican mindset that corporate taxbreaks are more important than adequately funding schools.
Angela Livezey, Superintendent / Elementary Principal
North Mahaska
We are already operating with limited funding and have cut about everything we can cut. We are very conservative in our spending. With increased funding our students would benefit by being provided with smaller class sizes, increased instructional resources and programs.
Matt McDonough, HS Principal
Underwood High School/Underwood
With decreased funding each year, it's more of a plug the biggest hole in the dam and trying to get by as best we can.
Doug Jiskoot, Jr/Sr High Principal
West Lyon
We continue to be asked to do MORE with LESS. Our plate is overflowing with expectations with no options to get a bigger plate.
Don Hasenkamp, Elementary Principal
Twin Rivers Elementary
If the Governor truly wants to be considered the Education Governor, than he and the legislator are going to need to stand for what they say they stand for or it's again just political jargon. Fully fund education.

Michelle Arneson, Elementary Principal
Nashua-Plainfield
We are a small rural school district. Increased state support for education is EXTREMELY important for our district.
Shelly Petersen, Principal
Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School
Pay now or pay later. If you do not support the schools you will be funding programs to support adults who cannot support themselves.
John A. Ronca, High School Principal
Ballard-High School
It is certainly no secret that the families and students of the Ballard district feel they are not supported appropriately at the state level. The pressure on the students to keep doing MORE with LESS has been exhausting!
Mindy Mossman, Pleasant View Elem. Principal
Pleasant View Elem. Webster City Schools
We need to support learning in order for Iowa to move up in every way.
Art Sathoff, Superintendent
Indianola
It is very challenging to do more with less year after year…Categorical funds are appreciated, such as TLC, but they don't keep the lights on and the doors open. There is a cumulative and lasting effect of several consecutive years of underfunding.



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Governor Culver appoints Recovery Commission
 
Flooding information
 
Storm Help Available for Iowans
 
HOUSE RAISES EDUCATION STANDARDS; CONTINUES PROGRESS IN PRESCHOOL, TEACHER PAY & AFFORDABLE TUITION
 
Iowa #1 in Producing Energy from Wind Power
 
Committee OKs penny tax for schools
 
Link to UNI
 
Panthers cap roller-coaster season with 1A state title
 
HOUSE APPROVES $3 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR VETERANS TRUST FUND
 
HOUSE APPROVES $3 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR VETERANS TRUST FUND
 
HOUSE APPROVES $3 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR VETERANS TRUST FUND
 
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
 
NATIONAL GUARD LEADER DELIVERS ADDRESS
 
GOVERNOR CULVER HONORS IOWA’S VETERANS
 
March of Dimes Recognizes Newborn Screening
 
ONE-HOUR SPECIAL ABOUT IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES
 
A.G. Miller asks Legislature to enact measures against mortgage lending fraud.
 
COMMISSION HOSTS ITS 19TH ANNUAL STATE OF IOWA
 
GOVERNOR CULVER ANNOUNCES NEW INCENTIVES TO IOWA'S FILM INDUSTRY
 
Caucus Locations for January 3rd
 
Patches available to help quit smoking
 
IOWA’S PLAN FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
 
Kressig for Iowa House Fundraiser December 10th
 
Latest News
 
UNI FORUM ON THURSDAY
 
Energy Costs
 
Veterans Day
 
TUITION INCREASE LOWEST SINCE 1980
 
Consumer Advocate Opposes Interstate Power and Light Company Proposed Coal Plant
 
Jury-Duty Scam Hitting Iowa
 
Presidential Candidate Forum
 
The Cedar Valley Solar/Energy Efficiency Tour
 
Board of Regents approves $5.5 million request for Mathematics andScience Education Collaborative Initiative.
 
Community Foundations
 
U.S. uninsured rate climbs again
 
Local Health Care Reform Listening Post
 
Healthcare System
 
Greetings to you all!
 
Senator Edwards Fundraiser
 
New Laws Take Effect
 
RAGBRAI XXXV
 
Passport Travel Requirement Temporarily Relaxed
 
GOVERNOR CULVER SIGNS HISTORIC POWER FUND INTO LAW
 
Safety tips for persons traveling in flooded areas
 
Governor signs Greenhouse Gas Emissions
 
House Approves Bill to Bring Filmmakers to Iowa
 
EXPAND ACCESS TO QUALITY PRESCHOOL
 
Hog Facility releases 10,000 gallons of Manure
 
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY
 
GOVERNOR CULVER APPOINTS FOUR NEW REGENTS
 
Proposed livestock bill
 
Price Laboratory School
 
Inside the Iowa Legislature
 
Miller Asks Lawmakers to Tackle Predatory Mortgage Lending
 
Task force on property taxes
 
FUNDS APPROVED FOR VETERANS
 
HOUSE APPROVES LIMITS ON CAR TITLE LOANS
 
Gilchrist Fire Arrests
 
Change at Statehouse
 
Governor Culvers Inaugural Address
 
Study: Road-building shortfall nears $28 billion
 
Iowa's Education System
 
Enact “Car-Title Loan” Law
 
LEGISLATORS APPOINTED TO KEY COMMITTEES
 
Thank You!
 
New Iowa Speaker stresses property tax cuts
 
REGENTS UNIVERSITIES HELP IOWA'S ECONOMY
 
Negative Campaigning
 
Court Orders End Sales of “See Clearly Method” Kit
 
More than 2 million Iowans registered to vote
 
Re-Elect Bob Kressig
 
Strong Economy for Iowa
 
Letter to Editor
 
Vilsack to Seek $20 Million for Water Quality Improvement Projects
 
Website Exposes GOP Smear Tactics in Iowa
 
Iowa could land first large-scale biorefinery
 
DIRTY MONEY = DIRTY CAMPAIGNS
 
Democrats cry foul over Republican campaign tactics
 
Negative Campaigning
 
Statehouse candidate denounces brochure
 
Pigskin and Politics and Senator John Kerry
 
Governor Vilsack announces strong state revenues
 
Statement by Governor Vilsack
 
National report fails Iowa on college affordability
 
Governor and Lt. Governor’s Labor Day Statement
 
Vilsack emphasizes education while campaigning for Shoultz, Kressig
 
Volunteer Service Awards
 
BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT
 
Charter School Scores Down
 
Re-elect Bob Kressig
 
Evan Bayh stumps for Kressig
 
Reception with Sen. Evan Bayh
 
UNIVERSITY AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY
 
HARKIN ANNOUNCES EDUCATION FUNDING
 
Vilsack, Pederson announce appointment to Iowa Supreme Court
 
Governor Vilsack Launches Online Petition on Gas Prices
 
ETHANOL PRODUCTION REACHES A MILESTONE
 
Editorial response
 
VILSACK URGES STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR $790 MILLION IN NEW GRANTS
 
Kressig Fundraiser July 1st
 
Keeping Kids Safe
 
Polling conducted in House District 19
 
People to People Student Ambassador Program
 
VILSACK APPROVES RENEWABLE ENERGY PACKAGE
 
BEACH MONITORING BEGINS; SWIMMING ADVISORY POLICY UPDATED
 
Governor and Lt. Governors Memorial Day Message
 
Vilsack/Pederson Administration act to ensure all Iowans have access to quality healthcare
 
I need your Help!
 
OVER $1.5 MILLION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP
 
Maytag Plant Closing
 
EDUCATION, RENEWABLE ENERGY HEADLINE 2006 SESSION
 
Benjamin J. Allen selected as the ninth President of the University of Northern Iowa.
 
Vilsack, lawmakers cut budget deal
 
Credit Union Times Article
 
President Koob
 
Area lawmakers assume committee duties
 
John Deere Community CU Director Bob Kressig Gears Up for Re-election
 
Freshman legislators make themselves heard
 
Employed by Wal-Mart; Insured by the State of Iowa
 
Democrats talk about bills before the Legislature during forum
 
Keeping Iowa's Young Folks at Home After They've Seen Minnesota
 
New lawmakers get acquainted with Statehouse
 
Economic development tops local lawmakers' priorities
 
Business agenda could stall in evenly split Legislature