The Alliance for Strong Rochester Public Schools has completed its own analysis of this information and we have made our own conclusions.
Click on each issue below for details on our analysis and conclusions.
|True, False or Misleading?
||Alliance Conclusion||Link to our Analysis|
|We have stagnant test scores.||Misleading||Test Scores|
|We’ve seen increased spending that has not been kept within the defined budget.||False||Budget|
|…the school board has spent reserves from about $48.5 million down to $16.5 million during four years. What could board members have spent $33 million on during four years?||False||Reserves|
|…the district spent millions for the one-to-one program?||False||iPads|
|…the district spent more than $4 million in consultant fees in 2014?||False and Misleading||Consultants|
|…there was a 13 percent increase in costs for the superintendent's cabinet of administrators?||False and Misleading||Administration|
|…the district purchased more than 25 new vans to bus students?||False and Misleading||Vans|
|…the district took 39 staff out of schools and placed them under administration, leading to the hire of 39 new staff members to replace them.||Misleading||Instructional Coaches|
|…the district bought a garbage truck. The truck was split into parts so as not to need board approval for the full expense.||False||Garbage Truck|
|…we will never be able to achieve any type of average when compared to the higher home values of the 13 largest districts in the state, unless the district sets a levy amount twice of what Rochester residents can afford.||False and Misleading||Levy Average|
… Rochester will receive an increase of $351 per student from the state over two years, or $6.12 million in new funding.
…ISD535 assessed a 9.89 percent levy against home values for 2015.
|Misleading||School Board Levy 2015|
|…regardless if this levy is approved, the district could assess another 7 percent. Residents did not, nor will they, vote on that||False and Misleading||School Board Levy 2016|
“the district is threatening to cut CTECH classes after the voters approved funding as part of the 0.5 percent sales tax extension.
“what has been done to fully fund CTECH?”
|False and Misleading||CTECH|
|Rochester has seen…increased enrollment, which will generate millions in new revenue||Misleading||Enrollment|
State funding provides 81.2% of Rochester Public Schools’ revenue. Over the last 10 years, the school district has received only half the state funding needed to keep up with inflation. Another 12.8% of funding comes from local property taxes through an operating levy.
Our current operating levy provides only $309.79 per student per year, well below the state average of $836.82 per student. Our kids deserve better.
Teachers and other staff would be cut -- an estimated 114 full-time staff positions in 2016-17 and a total of 223 full-time staff positions through the 2019-2020 school year.
To vote in-person go to the Edison Building, Business Services Office at 615 7th St. SW. Monday through Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday, October 31st from 10am-3pm.