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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tri., June 21, 1974 Educators Cite Constant Dollar-Budget Battle By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) >-Some education leaders believe something needs to be done about the “financial constraints” that have been placed on local schools by the legislature. This point was made several times Tuesday during a “rap session” with officials of the various educational associations and members of the state board of public instruction. The issue was most succinctly stated by Dr. Garlvn Wessel, suptrintendent of schools at Dubuque and slated to become the legislative chairman of the Assn of School Board Administrators. There is a large degree of incongruity, he said, because of the collective bargaining act for public employes and state budget limitations placed on local schools. Constant Battle “Its most difficult to strike a proper balance between salaries for the staff ^and educational opportunities for the students; we're under a constant battle dealing with dollars and a state controlled budget,” he said. Wessel suggested this finan-c i a I constraint might be worked out if there were a local tax authority. Representatives of several other education groups also expressed interest in school boards being able to impose a local tax. such as income tax or a sur tax on property without 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 possible under present law to impose a local income tax, with voter approval, but it’s not being done he claimed because people would be voted out of office. Teacher Evaluation One of the hang-ups faced by school people across the state is the matter of teacher evaluation. Dr. Wessel also addressed this issue. In Dubuque, all new teachers and those on probation, he explained, are evaluated twice a year; all other teachers are evaluated once every two years. There are two high schools in Dubuque, each having approximately 2,000 students. Follow Lead This means, Wessel 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 evaluation. Storms Rip Iowa —UPI Te;ept>oto 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 I.) Police Assn. Censures Judge For Sentence WATERLOO (UPI) - The Waterloo Police Protective Assn., which represents the city’s 131 policemen, has censured Black Hawk county District 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 assoria-' ton, in their statement, censuring Van Metre’s action said, “This sentence shows a thorough disrespect for the officer who was brutally attacked while protecting society . . . and a disregard for the well-being of his family and all police officers.” Steven Eugene White, 19, Waterloo was given a suspended one-year reformatory sentence by Judge Van Metre. He was accused of stabbing Police Detective Sgt. Roger Shook, 27, in the back as Shook attempted to arrest him for an alleged marijuana transaction. Shook was; hospitalized briefly because of the wound. White, who later pled guilty to i a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, is, now being held in the county jail where he is undergoing a drug treatment. The police association, which noted that extremely lenient sentences for convicted criminals “are becoming increasingly prevalent,” said such “negative court decisions” prompt more attacks on policemen. Tama Court Dismisses Possession Charge TOLEDO — After his probation officer reported to Judge Harold D. Victor in Tama county district court that Terry Lee Fultz, formerly of Marengo, has been a model probationer, Fultz* plea of guilty to possession of marijuana was set aside and his case was dismissed. Fultz is now working and living in Ames. After Fultz pled guilty May 2,1 1973, to the charge, Judge Victor deferred sentence to May 29, 1974, and placed Fultz on probation to the Sixth judicial district court services, Cedar Rapids. By Jerry Mursener DES MOINES (UPI) - Gov Robert D. Ray, fearing some cattlemen may be forced out of operation, urged the state's bankers Thursday to employ “compassion and understanding'’ in helping cattlemen through the financially rough periods. Ray, who made an impromptu visit to the state banking board, said many farmers are “flat on their back and warned that several will be forced into bankruptcy unless they can continue their current bank loans. Similar • Ray, who compared the disaster facing farmers with the heavy damage caused in Ankeny by a storm earlier in the week, said, “It is a disaster which is somewhat similar to what our farmers are experiencing. “We have a situation when it comes to farming that is very, very serious. It is a matter of survival for some of them.” The governor said it is imperative the banks throughout Iowa make “an extra effort” to ensure that cattlemen remain in business and forecast higher consumer prices next year if the farmers go out of operation. Vader stand Needs He urged the bankers to “request your people to make an extra effort to help the tanners. I am asking you to encourage the banks to understand the needs of the farmers.” Hay said he is not encouraging banks to become heavily involved in high risk loans, but to help the “good farmer with the ability to come back year after year.” The governor said he feared many successful farmers could lose their operations because of the problems they are temporarily experiencing. Taking Loss “We know many of our feeder farmers are taking a big loss and the only way they can stay in business is to have loans extended. I am suggesting that the members of this board encourage bankers to have a good understanding of farmers’ problems,” 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 Secretary Earl Butz to take immediate steps to help farmers such as reinstating meat import quotas. Terribly Important He said he was pleased to Ankeny Industrial Loss Is Placed Af $10 Million ANKENY (UPI) - Damage lo, industrial firms in this tornado-! jstricken city is expected to, [equal the estimated $10 million! damage to residences, schools! and businesses within the com-) munity, officials said Thursday. j The tornado which ripped through Ankeny Tuesday night; |extensively damaged the town’s! j Southside industrial park, a spokesman for one of the com-j patties said. He said at least eight of the park’s ten firms sustained damage and said total damages in here Thursday were mvestigat-the park alone could reach $10 ing the death of a young St. Ber-million.    nard dog which    had    been fed Industrial firms listed    as    dam- ! cornmeal mixed    with ground aged included Koehring farm glass particles, division, Custom Fabricators, The Donald Spaulding family Briggs Transportation Co., owned the dog named Boozer, Brady Operations, Thorpe Well and Spaulding said he was Co., Quality Machine Co., Cen- going to “press it (the investigate! States Express Co. and hon) to the hilt until I find out i Ralph’s Distributing Co.    . who did it.” j The twister left two    persons’ The ten-month-old    dog was dead and at least JO injured in found in Uh* Spauldings back Ankeny in addition to the dam , yard last Wednesday. The dog age to industries, homes. I reportedly was still attached to .schools and businesses.    I    his chain. see the federal government was initiating a program to purchase beef for school lunch programs. “It is terribly important to keep our farmers in business,” Ray said. “If our farmers go out of business and we don’t have the farms, the consumers will pay the price.” He said an intense effort by the bankers to help the financially-beleaguered farmers would “help them, help yourselves and help Iowa. This is important to the state and international 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 field,” Dunn said. Neil Milner, executive director of tile Iowa Bankers Assn., said his organization had sent telegrams to bankers statewide urging them to help the cattlemen and realize the “problem is twofold — economic and emotional.” Ray added that help by the bankers now could possibly prevent “a panic situation.” Milner said the association is also considering the possibility of holding workshops to “instruct bankers on how they can carry over the loans for some of these farmers.” St. Bernard Death Under Investigation DES MOINES (UFI) - Police Ray Compares Storms, Problems of Farmers “What it boils down to,” he said, "is a dollar factor.” Donald Gunderson, president-elect of the Iowa Assn. of Secondary School Principals, suggested Iowa might want to follow the lead of other states which have a state commission in charge of a professional review of teachers. Nebraska, he said, has just enacted such a law. * Iowa has an educational practices commission, of which Gunderson 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 legislature. 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 direction of a competitive bid law for all public agencies including school boards. From past correspondence with his members, Davidson said he is sure they will want some flexibility built into such a proposal so that it would be locally oriented and the bid would be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. Another area that received considerable discussion was the matter of approving bond issues. The present law requires a 60 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 featured 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 Des Moines. Politically Active Creighton, in a prepared statement, noted that teachers are aware many decisions that affect the job they can do in the classroom, as well as their economic status, are made by the Iowa general assembly. As fa result, Creighton declared, many teachers are becoming politically active ami are backing candidates in both parties who agree with the ISEA on important educational issues. Halleck wondered aloud when the ISEA was going to revert back to improving teaching techniques and “not as much as how to win an election.” Several members of the state board of public instruction also querried the education association officials about what can be done to eliminate the “deadwood” in the teaching ranks. T. J. Heronimus, a member of the state board from Grundy Center, for instance, said he gets many questions about why the state doesn’t act when he feels this is a local responsibility. Deadwood In response, Creighton acknowledged there is some “deadwood” in the teaching Clark: Congress Has Failed To Adequately Protect Elderly By Dorothy Williams WASHINGTON -r- Iowa’s Sen. Dick Clark, in effect, recently renewed his pledge to befriend the nation’s elderly. “We cannot be a truly civilized nation until we more adequately care and provide for those among us who need and want our help,” the Iowa Democrat told the recent biennial national convention in San Diego of the American Assn. of Retired Persons. The AARP includes about 75.000 Iowans 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 security increases do not keep pace with inflation, let alone allowing the recipients to improve their standard of living, he said. More Benefits Because our social security program has become more costly as it provided increasingly higher benefits and covered more types of beneficiaries, the way in which it is financed has come in for criticism, the Iowan pointed out. “Over half of the nation’s taxpayers now pay more social security tax than federal income tax,” Clark said. “Because of the nature of the tax — everyone pays close to six percent on earnings up to $13,200 a year — it has a number of inequities.” It does not provide exemptions for dependents nor any other deductions allowed under the progressive income tax. Nor does it take into account 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 as those at much higher income brackets and that’s just not fair in my judgment,” Clark continued, adding, there are several proposals before congress to help remedy this situation One would give low income workers a rebate of the amount paid into the social security trust funds on their behalf. Another would reduce the payroll tax rate for all down from nearly six percent to less than four percent on earnings. Under both of these plans the difference would be made up from general revenues.    I “Tills means more of the cost of social security would be* paid by those who are best able to pay,” Clark explained, adding it is vitally important ; workers pay some portion of their earnings so that benefits are an earned right, not just another form of welfare. Reform Mechanism “We’re going to have to I reform our taxing mechanism if we are ever to meet our goal of increasing the real income of older Americans not just to maintain, but to increase your standard of living.” Clark went on. Health security is equally important, the Iowan stressed, and Medicaer falls far short of its intended goal of comprehensive health care as a matter of right. “Coverage has dwindled and the cost to the participant has gone up,” 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 enacted, 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-hospital 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 Medicare 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-i n g s 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 arc problems plaguing the aged, especially in rural areas, in Clark's opinion. More Transportation “We must continue to explore the possibilities of providing more transportation subsidies to the elderly, designing transportation systems that are barrier-free and accessible to older people and we need to spend more money j on public transportation,” i Clark said. Housing is another major : need, the Iowan said, pointing j out at least six million elderly men and women now live in substandard housing. The sen- j ate has approved legislation to aid tho elderly in public housing and rental assistance programs. (feditr ftnpitU f \to&H»r>*<l in IMI bv th# Gait"# Co end published daily and Sunday at SM Third av# SE. Cader Ropids. Iowa Second class postoat paid at Ctdor Poptds. Iowa. Subs' ription rotas bv corr tar *J cants a week Bv moll. Night I aition and Sundov a issues U/lo month. SJT OO o year At ternoon editions and Sunday t issues Si IS a month, tao OO o vaor. Other stoles and U S territories SAO OO a veoc No Moil Subscriptions accepted In oreos having Garth# tarrier service. The Associated Press Is entitled •fctuslveiv ta the use for republication of ail lh# total news printed in this news paper os well os oil AP news dispatches. “Hopefully, later this year we can approach the goal of building 120,000 new units of elderly housing each year — the goal recommended by the White House conference on aging,” Clark said. He also hopes for final approval this session of legislation to regulate the private pension system more effectively. “Eliminating forced retirement and retraining older workers would help provide decent incomes for many senior citizens and greater reliance on an effective private pension system would do 140? same thing — giving the elderly a secure and independent source of income,” Clark said. ranks but he intoned, “there may be deadwood in the lcgis-[alure, on school boards and in business as well. Creighton, and others, said th, question was the procedure that should be Mime in discharging incompetent teachers from the system. The ISEA official suggested that before a teacher’s contract is terminated the teat cr should have an opportunity lo up-grade his or her teachability and if toto ta rot possible then they should M There was general agreement that the retirement system for public employes, IPERS, needed to be improved. Other Suggestions Creighton, in his prepared statement, also suggested. The allowable growth rate in the state school foundation formula should be changed to take care of inflationary needs and to provide for more local autonomy. The costs of public transportation Should be removed from the school districts general fund budget and should be paid for by the state. The IPERS program should be improved and the employer should pay a higher part of the contribution than the employe. (Each presently contributes 3.5 percent, up to an employe’s salary of $10.800.1 A “fair dismissal procedure” for teachers with reasons for firing a teacher limited to performance in the classroom with an opportunity to appeal the decision to the “same type of impartial board that hears from other employes under civil service systems.” 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 accumulated sick leave for maternity leave purposes.______ 4 TW AWH WEINBRENNER R Work Shoes These rugged work shoes are 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 ................ 17.99 Boot style ....................19.99 ARMSTRONG WORK SHOES DOWNSTAIRS STORE I 4 t