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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -
Facts, figures, graphs and everything you would ever want to know about Iowa Public Schools is now available in the latest Condition of Education report from the Iowa Department of Education. Amid all the data, some things made parents outside Wright Elementary in Cedar Rapids go hmmm.
While they waited to pick up youngsters after school on Wednesday, we asked them to browse some of the highlights from the report. None of the parents seemed too surprised that 89% of Iowa students graduate from high school or that 20% of all students are now minorities. But, the 41% of students now eligible for free or reduced-price lunches caught everyones attention. Daniel Thompson says a lot of people are struggling right now. The way the economy is Im surprised its not higher. I mean the cost of living is going up and the wages arent.
Other figures in the latest education report show 40.2% of students enrolled in at least one high-level math course and that the average amount of money spent educating an Iowa student is now $9,435. But, by far the topic that grabbed the most attention in the report is the person at the front of the classroom. Parents expressed surprise about everything from the age of teachers to what theyre paid. Margaret Weideman says it appears college students may be going into other careers. So 42 years is the average age of an Iowa public school teacher? Grandmother Barbara Broulik says the average salary of $50,914 really stands out. I didnt realize they .. I thought they made more than this honestly .. I really thought it was more than that. Carrie Stastny says with all the responsibility that comes with the job, more people need to know. I think they are underpaid for all the work that theyre doing, there is severe crowding in our schools and to our classrooms and its impacting all the students so I think the 50-thousand theyre getting is not enough.
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