Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Teachers Want More Federal
Money, but Not More Control
The Cedar Rapids Gazette; Sun., Nev ll, 1174 54
A survey of 244 teachers from elementary to post secondary levels throughout the Second congressional district shows teac hers want more federal money for education without relinquishing local control.
At the same time, the teachers overwhelmingly want federal intervention in issues such as collective bargaining and pensions.
I he survey was performed for State Sen. Tom Riley, un-successful Republican candidate for the U.S. senate.
Out of the 244 teachers, 180 favored increasing federal support to education to at least one-third of the cost of education, with state and local governments each picking up one-third also.
The federal government currently pays for about 7 percent of the cost of ('ducation In comments accompanying their responses, teachers indicated they would want to maintain local control of schools if such a plan were adopted.
Teac hers who responded no to the suggestion indicated they feared federal control, or said they felt the plan would result in higher taxes.
By a 142 to 44 margin on a related question, teachers who responded indicated support for using the revenue sharing concept as the basis for federal aid to education.
Teachers rejected by III to IIH a suggestion that the federal government assist in expanding opportunities for free public education for two years of free post-high school public education.
Those favoring such a plan indicated they wanted it to int hide vocational training, as well as college opportunities. Teachers against the idea
Cancer Society Will Preview Smoking Film
A new American Cancer society film, “Decision for Mike”, will be previewed Tuesday at the board meeting of the Linn county chapter of the ACS.
A report on the annual state meeting of the ACS’ Iowa division will be presented by Robert C. Moorman, immediate past chairman of the Linn county chapter and chairman of the 1974 state cancer crusade. The annual meeting was held Saturday in Des Moines.
The board meeting will follow a noon luncheon in the Montrose hotel.
“Decision for Mike’’ is a smoking film developed for teenage audience's with a cast from the Second City Repertory Co. The film employs a series of comedy situations in-volving people who smoke and try to quit.
said they feared it would destroy private colleges, suggested the concept would not suit all student* or stated that the present kindergarten through high school program should be improved first.
Those teachers responding to the survey indicated support for expanding education at the pre-school level, however. By a 140 to 7ft margin, teachers favored federally-supported early childhood programs for normal children, as well as disadvantaged ones.
Comments from teachers favoring the idea included,
What is lost before age five is often lost forever, let s give everyone the best possible start in life/’ and “All children benefit; disadvantaged also come from financially secure families.”
Of the teachers surveyed, 168 said they favored greater federal assistance for adult education, while 65 said they opposed it.
“I have taught adult classes and know this would raise the standard of living for many people,” one elementary teacher said about such “lifespan” educational oppportuni-ties.
Teachers 'against the idea said enough opportunities were available already, or that they feared education funds would be spread too thinly among various programs.
Items on the questionnaire which received the widest margin of support from the teachers were those which were employment-related.
By 187 to 35, teachers supported a federal statute giving educators the right to bargain collectively. Several teachers commented they thought such a law should prohibit strikes, also.
Some 226 teachers thought the federal government “should move to insure the transferability of pension and supplemental benefits between teaching positions in different sc hool districts and in different states,” if certification standards are equal.
Only 8 teachers opposed that idea.
Teachers favoring the idea also asked that the Iowa Public Employes Retirement System benefits be improved for teachers.
“Iowa has the poorest pension system Eve ever known, and we lose I’ood teachers as a result,” said one elementary teacher.
“I would hate to move to Iowa from Illinois after paying into the Illinois pension plan, and then receive IPERS,” a secondary teacher said.
Teachers overwhelmingly approved of federal action to insure reciprocity of teat her certification throughout the nation. Only 22 teachers opposed the idea, while 203 supported it.
On an open-ended question asking what education can do lo help solve the country’s inflation problem, several teachers suggested economics or consumer-education classes.
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