"Why is Burlington Broke?"
So screams the headline atop page 1 of the Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, Burlington Ad Vertiser. This maybe news to those whose only source of information is the Ad Vertiser. Why is not news to readers of Burlington Derailed?
The Ad Vertiser cited poor decisions by local leaders. In Burlington's case, the fish truly rots from the head down. Review some old reviews of liberal, intoxicated and/or in general incompetent people we put in power:
The Drunk Ex-Mayor
The Drunk Ex-Mayor's replacement, Lost Keys Bill Ell, another drunk mayor
State Senator Tom Courtney
Former City Manager Bruce Slagle
Former keeper of the city's cash Doug Worden
Above are some of the prime suspects. If you are interested in others, type their name in the search box at the left and see what comes up. Has the statue of limitations gone into effect yet? If not, call for top notch forensic accountants.
The railroad shops closing was enough of a blow to Burlington. Burlington's leaders' response was a, "Without merit," lawsuit
against a BNSF predecessor railroad
. Decide to sue at a secret meeting of dubious legality
. Insult to injury as we paid the legal fees thus going deeper in the hole.
Foolish economic projects and city owned money pits were also cited by the Ad Vertiser. The value of an Empty Lot Manor Mall
, the Rec - Plex
, Flint Hills golf course
, etc. have all been questioned by Burlington Derailed. One a positive note, it now is easier to book a tee time at Flint Hills on a Friday afternoon than it was five years ago.
Burlington's woes go back before the turn of this century. A city of 33,000 plus in 1970 has shrunk to 26,000 plus in the 2010 census. Add in high unemployment, inflation adjusted lower wage rates and an aging population. Burlington's obligations have not shrunk as a result. Burlington's obligations continue to grow.
The solution, Grow Greater Burlington, Brian Tapp and Dennis Hinkle
. TIF your way to prosperity
. Boost Italy's tourist trade
and Burlington's crime rate.
What of the peoples right to know?
The 1st Amendment applies to advertising as free speech. Besides subscription fees, the cost of goods and services advertised in the Ad Vertiser is reflected in their purchase price. We all pay in one way, or another. Other than he said, she said, how much investigative reporting did the Ad Vertiser's editorial management assign at the time these errors occurred?
Two reputable sources other than Burlington Derailed, Lockwood Greene
, have assessed the Ad Vertiser's negative net worth.
"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it," has been stated in many forms by many. The issue is not placing blame. The issue is Burlington's future. Going broke applied the brakes. We are digging out from under a pile of fools' debt. Then what?
Why Burlington is broke is history. The real question is will Burlington's citizens be informed of the whole truth of what is going on and take action to prevent it from happening again?
It is very unfortunate the citizens of Burlington have lost Councilwoman Becky Shockley. In the 8 months Becky has been on the city council, the council finally began to wake up to their fiscal responsibility after being placed into a trance by Bruce Slagle and Doug Worden.
Not much hope remains that the budget cuts that need to be made to control the unchecked spending habits will ever see the light of day. No one else has the guts to make the hard decisions.
There is no one to consider a criminal forensic examination of Bruce Slagle and Doug Worden's cooked books
after the computers were all replaced prior to Worden's retirement.
And if you look at the downside to Becky's tenure you can bear witness to the reasons not to stay a minute longer than what her new job allows.
Becky had death threats made from an individual that is known to police but the threat was dismissed by the police chief. Others that knew the threat said to take the threat very seriously.
Both Becky Shockley and Becky Anderson were referred to by Publisher Steve Delaney, Editor of The Hawkeye, when Delaney announced publicly at The Sombrero(Pole Dancer
Delaney's Achilles Heal
): "The problem with the City Council is the two c**** sitting up there."
Publisher Steve Delaney's smallest minion Randy Miller wrote lies about his relationship with the Shockley's after trashing them over their business decisions.
This and a lot more outright slanderous remarks and outrageous behavior occurred when the Shockley gravy train of ad revenue ended after hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad revenue ceased flowing into Delaney's Kansas Carpetbaggers' hands. Don't think the newspapers' other advertisers haven't made note of Delaney's drunken business conduct. After all, two consulting groups have deemed The Hawkeye to be one of the biggest detriments to the community
Tim Scott made a reference to the two Becky's that they are "like the lady from Dixon Illinois." This was before Scott assaulted Becky Anderson during a council meeting.
All this while the city makes its social downslide into inner city woes
Burlington desperately needed Becky Shockley. But like the many qualified potential city council candidates, Becky has better things to do. She will be missed.
Here is a letter sent to many that needs to read by the Mt. Pleasant taxpayers, concerned citizens, students, teachers and otherwise informed individuals.
Greetings Mt. Pleasant School District Board Members, Supt. Mike Wells, Governor Branstad and all—
Subject: Mt. Pleasant's Awareness of Its Unacceptable School District Performance
Ms. Cindy Smith is requested to forward this post to all administrators and teachers so they will know exactly what it says, and so they can provide their better numbers if they claim to have them. Thank you very much!
The top Line: Improvement starts with AWARENESS of the problem!
Iowa’s colleges and universities are highly paid to, but don’t train teachers how to teach, nor do they teach administrators how to manage. All get annual pay raises as students fail to learn up to International grade levels—and students are bogusly blamed for school failures. And the evil ISEA teachers union says nothing, as it doesn’t care about Iowa’s kids!
Is this Heaven? NO! It’s Iowa.
This AWARENESS news release is likely the most comprehensive evaluation of the Mt. Pleasant school district ever performed--and it was done in response to a citizen’s request, at no cost to the district, for a savings of at least $140,000
. There is obviously concern about the needless school tax increase sought by the district.
This AWARENESS news release, on Mt. Pleasant’s School District performance, presents numbers that show exactly why news reports are overflowing with compelling evidence of costly, poor student achievement in Iowa. Iowa’s students are ranked in the bottom third of the nation’s schools, whose U.S. students are ranked in the bottom third Internationally
Iowa state school district rankings, displayed on websites listed farther below, clearly show the Mt. Pleasant school district is ranked at or near the bottom third of Iowa’s schools, in 4th reading
. What are 5th grade teachers supposed to do with students who weren't taught to read in 4th grade--and so on up the grades?
But before you read on in this news release and become depressed, here is some good news. Judy Hintz owns and operates Educational Resource Associates in West Des Moines, and routinely teaches students Iowa schools didn’t teach, and falsely claim can’t be taught. You can learn about this on website: TEACHING--JUDY HINTZ DOES IT WHILE OTHERS TALK ABOUT IT
Judy’s teachers are effectively trained how to teach and are great teachers! Similar teacher greatness is also realized by the U. S. Dept. of Education:
Now back to more bad Iowa school news.
Website Iowa Live
and the attached charts show the sharp decline in teen mind development caused by curriculum and teaching method changes through the years.
Iowa teachers, such as Mt. Pleasant’s, are victims, who paid colleges and universities handsomely to train them how to teach—and they were disastrously misled and swindled, as reported in the Poor Teacher Quality link in the following table and on websites: http://www.nctq.org/teacherPrep/review2014/district/
As hard and honestly as honest teachers try, such as about 30% of Mt. Pleasant’s teachers, they can’t bring students up to Iowa’s diminished grade level, much less national and international grade levels. And to make matters even worse, administrators (who are also victims of Iowa colleges and universities) weren’t taught how to manage effectively. They can’t define the root cause of the problem, much less solve it—so they blame the students, while the culprit colleges and universities are held blameless, and get fat pay raises.
Iowa colleges and universities got an overall grade of D, for teacher training. And teachers, students and Iowa taxpayers suffer greatly as a result!! And the ISEA teacher’s union is an obstacle to progress—and 30% of Mt. Pleasant’s teachers know it and can’t do anything about it. THE UGLY IMPACTS ON IOWANS--ISEA TEACHER UNION--IA. PUBLIC ENEMY # 1
The following Iowalive table presents a summary of unacceptable Mt. Pleasant school district performance, which unfortunately is typical of at least 30% of Iowa schools, including 7 of Iowa’s 8 largest school districts.
AWARENESS--SUMMARY OF UNACCEPTABLE MT. PLEASANT SCHOOL DISTRICT PERFORMANCE
AWARENESS--DETAILS OF UNACCEPTABLE MT. PLEASANT SCHOOL DISTRICT PERFORMANCE RAISE SERIOUS QUESTIONS
Where is the Mt. Pleasant school board policy to prevent students from consecutively having 2 or more poor teachers?
Where is the district’s recovery plan for these academically abused students?
Why won’t board members visit Judy Hintz’ school in West Des Moines, to see what a good one looks like?
What are the district’s policies on whistle blowers, cheating and its punishment?
Who is concerned about the large amount of school waste?
Who is in charge of teaching Mt. Pleasant students up to International grade level?
What are the consequences for failure to teach students to International grade level or better?
Poor Teacher Quality Results in School Fraud
Newspapers won’t ask or report answers to the above questions.
Please notice the higher the influence and clout, the lower the operating efficiency!
Iowa schools could be considered hopeless, if not for what Judy Hintz is routinely accomplishing. Unfortunately, Iowa school officials, newspaper editors, teacher union officials and others will not visit her and see for themselves what she routinely achieves--with students the schools falsely claim can’t be taught.
Honest Mt. Pleasant school officials, and some of their supporters, would be wise to visit Judy’s school—and stop listening to the falsehoods spewed by other school officials and the teacher’s union et. al., in the defective student cult. But it appears the board was deviously selected and elected by the teacher’s union, so there is little hope anything will improve at Mt. Pleasant, for quite some time.
IOWA STATE SCHOOL DISTRICT RANKINGS
The defective student cult of flawed thinking academies, dislikes such academic rankings, but have nothing better to offer. The cult conveniently tries to avoid accountability and responsibility by completely blaming students for poor school performance. Observing and recognizing what Judy Hintz accomplishes completely negates defective student cult thinking. That is why these cultists ignore her and her accomplishments!! And they are getting away with it, and their lifetime abuse of students as well.
Iowalive expects there are 2
such cultists on the Mt. Pleasant school board and they won’t support a performance oriented superintendent who attempts to significantly improve ‘defective student’ achievements. They will concoct all kinds of bogus ways to attack such a superintendent—while avoiding the true issue. And of course the evil ISEA teacher’s union orchestrates behind the scenes--far out of public sight. Decertification of that union is essential to achieving even national student achievement levels.
We are vividly reminded that Polk Elementary in Cedar Rapids was making outstanding ‘defective student’ achievement gains—totally debunking defective student cultists in the process. Polk was then suddenly and arbitrarily closed and ISEA union official Tammy Wawro left the Cedar Rapids district to become President of the ISEA teacher’s union. No similar gains have been made in that district since then. Not even close. The heroes who worked at Polk were conveniently scattered throughout the district.
Polk demolished the defective student myth, and was closed for doing so.
But back to Mt. Pleasant.
shows Mt. Pleasant 4th reading ranked 254th in the State.
shows Mt. Pleasant 11th math ranked 161st in the State
shows Mt. Pleasant has 12% of its 2,111 students in special education. If Judy Hintz, owner of Educational Resource Associates in West Des Moines, was in charge, Mt. Pleasant would have 0% students in special education.
shows 50 years of Iowa school failures and costly failed fixes.
Visit website http://www.iowalive.net/
and find many more links to Iowa, including Mt. Pleasant, school rankings
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