Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 21, 1974, Page 7

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June 21, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., June 21, 1974 Educators Cite Constant Dollar-Budget Battle By Harrison Weber DES MOINES UOK-V Some education leaders be- lieve something needs to be done about the "financial con- straints1' that have been placed on local schools by the iegisiaiure. This point was made several times Tuesday during a "rap session" with officials of the various educational associa- tions and members of the state board of public instruc- tion. The issue was most suc- cinctly stated by Dr. liarlyn W e s s e 1, suptrintendent of schools at Dubuque and slated to become the legislative chairman of the Assn. of School Board Administrators. Thorn is a larse degree of incongruity, he said, because of the collective bargaining act for public employes and state budget limitations placed on local schools. Lonstaiu iiattie "It's most difficult to strike a proper balance between sa- laries for the staff ;uid educa- tional opportunities for the .students; we're under a con- stant battle dealing with dol- lars and a state controlled he said. suggested this finan- o i a 1 constraint might be worked out if there were a local tax authority. Representatives of several other education groups alfo expressed in'.erest in school boards being able 10 impose a local tax. such as income tax or a sur tax on property with- out a vote of the people. However, the idea didn't meet with the approval of Robert Creighton, president of the Iowa State Education Assn.. who called it a "cop out." Creighton noted it's pos- sible under present law to im- pose a local income tax, with voter approval, but it's no1, being done he claimed be- cause people would be voted out of office. Teacher Evaluation One of the hang-up? faced by school people across the state is the matter of teacher evaluation. Dr. Wessel also addressed this issue. In Dubuque, all new teach- ers and those on probation, he explained, are evaluated iivi.'o other teach- ers are evaluated once every two years. There are two high schools in Dubuque, each having ap- proximately students. Kollow Lead This means, said, administrators must evaluate between 50 and 70 teachers each year. The Dubuque school superintendent said it's a difficult, if not impossible task to make a proper evalua- tion. "What it boils down he said, "is a dollar factor." Donald (Umderson, presi- dent-elect of the Iowa Assn. of Secondary School Principals, suggested Iowa might want to follow the lead of other states siou in charge, of a profes- sional review of teachers. Ne- braska, he said, has just en- acted such a law. Iowa has an educational p r a c I i c e s commission, of which (i u n d e r s o n is a member, but the scope of the commission would be greatly enlarged under Gunderson's proposal. Ted Davidson, executive director of the Iowa Assn. of School Boards, explained to the group that his association is in the process of developing its policy for the 1975 legisla- ture. A questionnaire, he said, has been mailed to all school boards seeking to delineate the issues. Want Flexibility For example, the legislature has been moving in the direc- tion of a competitive bid law for all public agencies includ- ing school boards. From past correspondence w i t h his members, Davidson said lie is sure they will wan! some flex- ibility built into such a propos- al so that it would be locally oriented and the bid would be in the classroom, as well as made by the low a general as- sembly. As a result, Creighton de- clared, many teachers are In-- awarded to the lowest respon- coming pulilicaily active and are backing candidates in built parlies who agree with the 1SKA on important educa- The 1SKA official .suggested sihlp bidder Another area that received considerable discussion was the matter of approving bond issues. The. present law re- quires a ft) percent approval by the voters. Some groups, such as the Parent Teachers Assn., favor a simple majority, others a continuation of the 60 percent rule and some are talking of a compromise at 55 percent. The two-hour meeting fea- tured several lively exchanges between members of the board of public instruction and the education association officials. The first occurred between Creighton. president of ISEA, and Ronald Halleck, West DCS Moines. Politically Active Creighton, in a prepared statement, noted that teachers are aware many decisions that affect the job they can do ranks, but lit- intoned, "ihtre il.-adwood in the legls- on in business as and others, said wae the proce- dure that should be followed in discharging incompetent tional issues. Halleck wondered aloud when the 1SKA was going to revert back to improving teaching techniques and "not a.-; much as how to win an election." Several members of the state board of public instruc- tion also querried the educa- tion association officials about what can be done to eliminate the "deadwood" in the teach- ing ranks. T. J. Heronimus, a member of the state board from C.nmdy Center, for instance, said lie gets many questions about why the state doesn't act when he feels this is a local responsibility. Deadwood In response, Creighton ac- knowledged there is some "deadwood" in the teaching Storms Rip Iowa Telepnoto The roof of the Holiday Inn at Bettendorf landed In the motel's parking lot Thursday night after a tornado swept through the area. The funnel cloud touched down in Bettendorf, then leaped across the Mississippi and hit Moline, III. (See storm story on Page 1.) entence WATERLOO (UPI) The Waterloo Police Protective Assn., which represents the city's 131 policemen, has cen- sured Black Hawk county Dis- trict Judge Peter Van Metre of Waterloo for giving a suspended sentence to a man who pled guilty to a charge of assaulting a police officer. The members of the associa- ton, in their statement, censur- ing Van Metre's action said, "This sentence shows a thor- ough disrespect for She officer who was brutally attacked while protecting society and a disregard for the well-being of Ray Compares Storms, Problems o By Jerry Mursener DES MOINES (UPI) Gov. Robert D. Hay, fearing some cattlemen may be forced out of operation, urged the state's bankers Thursday to employ "compassion and understand- ing" in helping cattlemen through the financially rough periods. Ray, who made an im- promptu visit to the state banking board, said many farmers are "flat on their back" and warned that sever- al will be forced into bank- his family and all police "of-! unleM they can con- ficers." j Steven Eugene White, 19, Wa-j tmue their current bank loans. Similar terloo was given a suspended one-year reformatory sentence by Judge Van Metre. He was Ray, who compared the di- saster facing farmers with the heavy damage caused in An- keny by a storm earlier in the accused of stabbing Police De-j tective Sgt. Roger Shook, 27, in! week> said, "It is a disaster the back- as Shook attempted to which is somewhat similar to arrest him for an alleged mari- juana transaction. Shook was what our farmers are ex- feeder fanners are taking a big loss and the only way they can stay in business is to have loans extended. I am suggest- ing that the members of this board encourage bankers to have a good understanding of farmers' Ray said. Ray said he has received several letters indicating many farmers feel they can get out of this situation if they are given an opportunity, and "if they aren't the consumer will suffer." The governor said his office is "doing everything it can" b y encouraging President Nixon and Agriculture Secre- tary Earl Butz to take imme- diate steps to help farmers such as reinstating meat im- port quotas. Terribly Important He said he was pleased to hospitalized briefly because of the wound. White, who later pled guilty toj penencmg. ,'e have a situation when j An keny Industrial j it comes to farming that is very, very serious. It is a Farmers see the federal government was initiating a program to purchase beef for school lunch programs. "It is terribly important to keep our farmers in busi- Ray said. "If our farm- ers go out of business and we don't have the farms, the con- sumers will pay the price." He said an intense effort by the bankers to help the finan- cially-beleaguered farmers would "help them, help your- selves and help Iowa. This is important to the state and in- ternational trade." Most Will Try State Banking Supt. Cecil Dunn told Ray he believes most bankers will try to help out. "I feel most bankers in the heavy cattle feeding areas have good expertise in this Dunn said. Neil Milner, executive director of the Iowa Bankers Assn., said his organization had sent telegrams to banker Clark: Congress Has Failed To Adequately Protect I ncc P I fl r o A statewide urging them to help i_ubb ib r laoeuj ,he 3nd rcalize tne At Million! "Problem is twofold eco- i finH pmntinnril perative the banks throughout [industrial firms in this tomado-j Cr3 now could possibly pre- lowa make "an extra effort" Istricken city is expected to vent "a panic situation." I Vtl V, W Oti 1UUJ. AV JJ U a charge of possession of man- matter of surviva, for some o{ t juana with intent to deliver, is ti.om i now being held in the county! i normc and emotional. Kay jail where he is undergoing a! Thc said it i AXKENY that help by the bank- drug treatment. The police association, which noted that extremely lenient sentences for convicted crimi- nals "are becoming increas- ingly said such "ne- gative court decisions" prompt more attacks on policemen. to ensure that cattlemen re- iequal the estimated million Milner said the association is also considering the possi- bility of holding workshops to "instruct bankers on how they Tamo Court Dismisses Possession Charge TOLEDO After his proba- tion officer reported to Judge Harold D. Victor in Tama county district court that Terry Lee Fulls, formerly of Marengo, has been a model probationer, Fultz' plea of guilty to sion of marijuana was set aside and his case was dismissed. Fultz is now working and liv- ing in Ames. w main in business and forecast [damage to residences, schools higher consumer prices next jand businesses within the corn- year if the farmers go out of imunity, officials said Thursday. operation. I The tornado which ripped! carry over "the loans for Understand Needs :through Ankeny Tuesday night; S0mc of these farmers." extensively damaged the town's; He urged the bankers to industrial park, a" "request your people to make !spokesman for one of the com-JSt. Bernard Death an extra effort to help the j panics said, farmers. I am asking you to i IIc at ]cast cjght of the encourage the banks to under- ten firms sustained dam Under Investigation DES MOINES (LTD Police stand the needs of the farm- sajrj total damages in here Thursday were invcsligal- ithe park alone could reach million. Industrial firms listed as clam- ing the death of a young St. Ber- nard dog which had been fed cornmeal mixed with ground Ray said he is not encourag- ing banks to become heavily involved in high risk loans, but to help the "good farmer with the ability to come back ri Transportation Co.'.jowned the dog 'named'Hoozer, year after year." aged included Kochring farm glass particles. division, Custom The Donald .Spaulding family By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON Iowa's Sen. Dick Clark, in effect, recently renewed his pledge to befriend the nation's elderly. "We cannot be a truly civi- lized nation until we more ad- equately care and provide for those among us who need and want our the Iowa Democrat told the recent bi- ennial national .convention in San Diego of the American Assn. of Retired Persons. The AARP includes about lowans among its six million members. "We should not do this grudgingly, nor because we will one day be old ourselves, but simply because we are all human beings, brothers and sisters, and as we have an obligation to ourselves, we also have an obligation to others." Although congress has tried, it has not succeeded in giving senior citizens the protection against inflation they should have, Clark said. Social secu- rity increases do not keep pace with inflation, let alone allowing the recipients to im- prove their standard of living, he said. More Benefits Because our social security program has become more costly as it provided increas- ingly higher benefits and cov- ered more types of benefi- ciaries, the way in which it is financed has come in for criti- cism, the lowan pointed out. "Over half of the nation's taxpayers now pay more so- cial security tax than federal income Clark said. "Be- cause of the nature of the tax everyone pays close to six percent on earnings up to a year it has a number of inequities." It does not provide exemp- tions for dependents nor any other deductions allowed under the progressive income tax. Nor does it take into ac- count the ability to pay, Clark said. Just Not Fair "Low and middle income workers least able to afford the tax must pay at the same rate us those at much higher income brackets and that's just not fair in my Clark continued, adding, there arc several proposals before congress to help remedy this situation. One would give low income workers a rebate of the amount paid into the social se- curitv trust funds on their behalf. Another would reduce the payroll tax rale for all down from nearly six percent to less than four percent on reform our taxing mechanism if we are ever to meet our goal of increasing the real in- come of older Americans not just to maintain, but to increase your standard of liv- Clark went on. Health security is equally important, the lowan stressed, and Medicaer falls far short of its intended goal of compre- hensive health care as a mat- ter of right. "Coverage has dwindled and the cost to the participant has gone he continued. The elderly are now paying more out-of-pocket costs for their medical care than they were ten years ago the year before Medicare was en- acted, Clark said. "As a result many people are not getting the care they need because they can't pay for it and even more people are not getting the kind of quality care they need to maintain their health and strength simply because it isn't available to them. It isn't available because they can't always afford it or because of where they live." Not Covered Then there are the number of services not covered by Medicare such as out-of-hospi- tal prescription drugs, dental services, eyeglasses, hearing aids and custodial nursing home care. "Less than 40 percent of the cost of medical care for the elderly is covered by the Med- icare program." President Nixon in his State of the Union address urged passage of a national health insurance program this year, Clark said. Senate and house committees have held hear- ings on various national health insurance proposals. Some version of these plans is essential, Clark said, urging AARP members to make their views known. Nutrition and transportation problems plaguing the aged, especially in rural areas, in Clark's opinion. .More Transportation "We must continue to ex- plore the possibilities of pro- viding more transportation subsidies to the elderly, de- signing transportation sys- tems that are barrier-free and accessible to older people and we need to spend more money o n public Clark said. Housing is another major need, the lowan said, pointing out at least six million elderly men and women now live in substandard housing. The sen- ate has approved legislation "Hopefully, later this year we can approach the goal of building new units of elderly housing each year the goal recommended by the White House conference on Clark said. He also hopes for final ap- proval this session of legisla- tion to regulate the private pension system more effec- tively. "Eliminating forced retire- ment and retraining older workers would help provide decent incomes for many se- nior citizens and greater reli- ance on an effective private pension system would do Wi same thing giving the el- derly a secure and indepen- dent" source o! Clark said. earnings. Under both of these to aid the elderly in public plans the difference would be made up from general reve- nues. "This means more of the cost of social security would be paid by ihose who are best housing and rental assistance programs. Brady Operations, Thorpe Well and Spaulding said he (o The governor said he feared jCo., Quality Machine Co., Ccn- going to "press it (the mvestiga-j ,lM- R 'K many successful farmers ;tral Stales Express CD. and lionjlo the hilt until I find out' After Fultz pled guilty May their operations be- j Ralph's Distributing Co. [who did it." 1973, to the charge, Judge Vic-i cause of the problems they The twister left two persons The tcn-montli-old iv nl SCO a l Ceddr arc temporarily experiencing tor deferred sentence to May 29, 1974, and placed Fultz on proba- lion to the Sixth judicial district; court services, Cedar Rapids. "We know many dead and at least 10 injured in Ankeny in addition to the dam- iage lo industries, homes, our and businesses. dog found in the Spauldings' back yard last Wednesday. The dog reportedly was Mill attached lo his chain. workers pay some portion of their earnings lhat benefits arc an earned right, not just another form of welfare. Itcform Mechanism "We're going to have "t'lir (.'c'clnr riloblhhfd In IfiJTbv The G emu putuvied donv onr! ruirxt- Third tive St, Cedar RopliU, li '.econd postage pair! Hupl'H, lowu. Sulnrrlpllon wetk. dv moll: Nlohl I (111 Ion rind A 11. M month, 139.00 0 vcnr At- Irrnoon Trillion! and iiiindnv 11 fit d mnnlli, 140 00 n vrnr. Olhrr and U V (err liar In IrtO.flOn vfar nn Moll Milm atffplnl In areas hovlno corner ifrvlce. The Miflclaled Preit It entitled all Hie lof.nl new! printed In thli newv uane- at well of oil AP newt dltpatr tirt, that before a teacher's con- tract is terminated the leach- er should have an opportunity lit up-grade his her teach- in., ability and if this is possible then Iliuy should "get itn- ax." There was general agree- ment that the retirement sys- tem for public employes, ll'lORS, needed to be im- proved. Other Creighton. in his prepared statement, also suggested: The allowable growth rate in the stale school foundation formula should be changed to lake care of inflationary needs and to provide for more local autonomy. The costs of public transpor- tation should be removed from the school districts' gen- eral fund budget and should be paid for by the state. The H'ERS program should be improved and the employ- er should pay a higher part of the contribution than the em- ploye. (Each presently con- tributes 3.5 percent, up to an employe's salary of A. "fair, dismissal, proce- dure" for teachers with rea- sons for firing a teacher limit- ed to performance in the classroom with an opportunity to appeal the decision to the "same type of impartial board that hears from other em- ployes under civil service sys- tems." That teachers should have a greater voice in establishing the standards and criteria for entrance into the teaching profession. That guidelines be changed to allow women to use ac- cumulated sick leave for ma- ternity leave purposes. WEBNBRENNER Work Shoes These rugged work shoes ore made to take it and they have the Weinbrenner name to back them up! Oxford and boot styles both feature tough neoprene crepe soles and are oil resistant. Pick yours out tomorrow. Sizes for most men. Oxford style 7.99 Boot style 9.99 ARMSTRONG WORK SHOES DOWNSTAIRS STORE ;