Letters to the Editor

Questions about our education system

A lot of people are wondering why I voted ‘NO’ on the recent education spending. When studying the issues, I’ve had to ask myself the following questions surrounding our children’s education. I could not give a ‘YES’ vote absent a serious discussion on these questions. I invite as much feedback as possible to help me understand these issues.

1. Why do only 37 percent of 12th grade students test proficient for reading and math?

2. Why do only 12 percent of 12th grade students test proficient for US History? (Source: https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/)

3. Why are more students relying on remedial classes when pursuing higher education? (Source: https://www.educateiowa.gov/developmental-education-work-group)

4. How has the quality of education in Iowa correlated with spending?

5. What results has public education seen from “No Child Left Behind” and “Every Student Succeeds?”

6. What are the educational models that currently govern public education?

7. Do we believe in freedom of curriculum? Do we believe parents have a choice in education?

8. What role has the education system played in the adult illiteracy crisis?

Our children deserve that we take these questions seriously. I’m optimistic that this discussion can strengthen our school districts by getting parents more involved. I’m ready to have this conversation directly with students by visiting our civics and government classrooms. I hope we can all keep an open mind as we explore these topics.

Please provide feedback to jeff.shipley@legis.iowa.gov

- Jeff Shipley (R-Fairfield) represents District 82 in the Iowa House of Representatives. The district includes Davis and Van Buren counties, and the western two-thirds of Jefferson County, including Fairfield.