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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Broader State Aid Base Is Sought Rtf ftl'JrrftLAH ILVkAr The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fit, Oct. 18, 1874 By Harrison Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) -The Iowa State Education Assn. wants to broaden the base of the state’s school aid formula to Rive more weight to inflationary increases. Walter L. Galvin, president of the teacher organization, suggested Thursday that the next legislature change the formula of the state’s school aid foundation plan to more nearly reflect economic conditions. , Galvin said this can be done by tying the formula to the , consumer price index. Since implementation of the foundation program in 1971, Galvin said, the growth rate of the general fund expenditures for education have not kept pace with the growth rate of inflation as reflected in the consumer price index. “We estimate it would require an additional $61 million, or $96 per pupil, to make up the loss in funding from the 1970-71 school year to today.’’ he said. Growth Factor Galvin proposed changing the “allowable growth’’ factor in the foundation plan from the present eight percent to a minimum of 14 percent. The allowable growth factor represents the maximum Amount of expenditures that can be raised by state aid and local property taxes for support of local schools. Galvin’s comments set the tone for the 120th annual meeting of the Iowa State Education Assn. at Des Moines, The 14 percent figure, (ialvin said, would be computed from the current state average cost per pupil, preently $1,024. “lf the inflation rate as determined by the change in the consumer price index did not reach 14 percent, the difference between that and the inflation rate would be considered a credit to reduce the $61 million already lost to inflation. If the rate of inflation becomes greater,” he said, “we will propose that the allowable growth rate be increased to match the inflation rate.” Fund Source Galvin did not suggest where the money would come from to cover the increased costs; the state presently spends $300 million a year in support of the school foundation program. “The cumulative effects of using an unrealistic method of determining allowable growth and ignoring the rate of infla- Harrison Weber tion has had a negative impact on the type of educational program Iowa schools have been able to provide,” (ialvin charged. The ISE A officials said he thinks most legislators agree and will be responsive to this proposed change. The declining enrollment provision of the school aid plan, Galvin continued, is another arca where the ISEA believes additional changes are needed. Increasing costs, inflationary trends and declining enrollments present a serious problem for most Iowa schools, Galvin related, because “school expenditures cannot be reduced in proportion to the decline in student enrollment.” Determine Ald enrollment the enrollment figure used for determining future state aid would be the current enrollment figure for the 1974-75 school year. A school with an increasing enrollment would be allowed to use its actual enrollment to determine its state aid. The ISEA president also suggested the legislature should modify the complex school aid formula by using a weight'd index to more accurately reflect the variations in costs of educating students than the present method of simply counting the number of students enrol led in each school. “Another proposal we will suggest to the legislature,” Galvin said, “is a local effort option that would allow a school board to raise additional funding for education beyond the amount provided for in the foundation plan. “We will propose that a local school board be allowed to levy a tax — either income, property, or a combination of both — up to three percent of the total school district’s expenditures. To deal with this problem, “We believe this limited the ISEA will propose that in amount of local control could a district with a declining help school officials meet pressing educational needs, implement innovative programs or to enrich present programs.” Bids Received For School Buses At Allamakee WAUKON — Allamakee Community school board received bids for school bus bodies and chasses recently. Low bids were for one 36-passenger body, two 48-passenger, one 54-passenger, and one 66-passenger bodies. Ford had low bid for all chasses, with a total bid $64,215 50 Transportation arrangements for special education students to the TMH center in Decorah were approved. The children, who have been riding in a bus with children from Unsing, will now be transported separately, ena bling the Unsing group also to go directly to the center. The schedule for North Central Assn. evaluation Nov 4-6 will include a dinner meet ing for the board, faculty and NCA committee at the senior high lunchroom Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. A committee report and recommendations will be presented to the board and faculty Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the senior high library at the end of the evaluation project. Killian’s Lindale Plaza, Cedar Rapids and Mall Shopping Center, Iowa City OPEN SUNDAY 12:00 TO 5:00 PM Strong Smelly Things Are Necessary.. .Sometimes One of those times is when there s a gas leak. Natural gas itself has no odor. For safety reasons, we add a strong smell to it before it is put into service... so it can be easily detected. Even though natural gas has an excellent safety record, it is still possible, through misuse or accident to have a gas leak. 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