DAVENPORT, Iowa. (KWQC) Back in March Davenport Schools Superintendent Art Tate made a vibrant guarantee. He would invest more per student than allowed by the state.
Tate doubled down on that promise as he revealed his frustration with the Iowa Legislature. The state’s 40 year old funding formula has gotten fairly a bit of scrutiny over the last couple of months, since even with Tate investing more than he’s legally permitted, the board is still talking about needing to trim spending.
The board is aggravated, and Tate did not mince his words in his latest speech.
I can not discover the proper words to reveal my frustration, dismay and alarm at the inability and objection of the iowa legislature to approve a statute addressing the long standing practice of discrimination in education funding equality, says Davenport Superintendent Art Tate.
In about ten minutes, Tate laid bare the frustration with legal sausage making. A gas tax increase passes, funding for schools stalls.
I question why the inappropriate disparity in per pupil financing that has actually gone on for over 40 years, disadvantaging students throughout the state was not viewed with equivalent interest as repairing bridges and roads, says Tate.
He meant the district’s next moves. He honestly requested for assistance structuring a claim, or a state constitutional modification to attend to the need for equality in education. He also took objective at the major concern following the moneying formula over 40 years. Commercial propertyReal estate tax.
I humbly suggest that equality in the way we value every student exceeds the steady adherence to rejecting every step which has any relationship, no matter how remote, to property taxes, states Tate.
The statements, and choices, mean the school district and board are on an accidenta clash with Iowa law, unless Davenport can get the state to act. It desires the state to repair the formula, or at the extremelyat the minimum, patch it for the umpteenth time.
As long as I am permitted to be the superintendent of this district, and up until the state resolves the financing variation, I will continue to invest more than the state allocation which is governed by statute. I will no longer accept the state-imposed and state-condoned inequality of student financing for Davenport Neighborhood School District.
The governor has actually not signed education financing expenses gone by an overtime session of the Iowa Legislature. Up until he does, or does not, Iowa education funding is still up in the air.