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Budget Cuts 101
An article I wrote for Little Village on the ICCSD budget cuts came out today. Link here.

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Polarization and Value-Disagreements
Some concerned community members ( here and here ) have complained about the atmosphere and level of discourse at the last Cluster 2 redistricting meeting. Based on the discourse leading up to the meeting, I expected it to be inflammatory. I expected both t...

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Budget Cuts: Short-term symbolic gestures and long-term sustainability
There has been significant discussion of the impending budget cuts for the Iowa City School District (ICCSD). A summary of the budget cuts are found here . I don't have much to add to the discussion about these budget cuts. The district is in a difficult si...

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Operational Efficiency #6: Won't we save $500K by closing a school?
Over the next couple of days, you very well may hear ICCSD administrators or school board directors assert that it will take $500,000 to operate our new elementary schools beyond the instructional costs. This figure is based on the projected salary of a pri...

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Operational Efficiency #5: But shouldn't we close Hills for the sake of operational efficiency?
Given the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) is concerned about budget shortfalls and saying that "Nothing is off the table" with regard to budget cuts , I've been discussing how the ICCSD calculates, analyzes, and evaluates operational costs. This...

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Operational Cost #4: How to control for special education and at-risk funding?
I've been doing a series on operational costs in the Iowa City Community School District  (ICCSD). Part 1 gave an introduction to my methodology and general approach , Part 2 discussed 7 of the ICCSD elementary schools  arguing that 4 smaller ones were sign...

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Operational Cost #4: How to control for special education and at-risk funding?
I've been doing a series on operational costs in the Iowa City Community School District  (ICCSD). Part 1 gave an introduction to my methodology and general approach , Part 2 discussed 7 of the ICCSD elementary schools  arguing that 4 smaller ones were sign...

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Operational Efficiency 3: Won't our new schools be significantly more efficient than our smallest schools?
Won't our new schools be significantly more efficient than our smallest schools? The short answer is not necessarily. In previous posts, I have argued that (a) we need to be sure that we are compared apples to apples when we discuss operational costs betwee...

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This is not how it is supposed to be
My 30-year old brother, Jeremy, died earlier this week. He contracted the flu, which lead to pneumonia, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. He died of a heart attack related to his condition. His funeral was today, and I gave the following eulogy writt...
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