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Archived entries for Iowa

Iowa district being investigated by OCR for discriminating against African American students in discipline

The Gazette reports that according to an unnamed source at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), OCR’s investigation into a Cedar Rapids school district’s discipline practices is likely to conclude this spring with an agreement by the district to revise its policies and continued monitoring by the agency.

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Iowa district enters into agreement with OCR to address racial disparities in special ed programs

The Iowa City Community School District has entered into a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to address the disproportionate number of African-American students in the district identified as special education students.

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Iowa court orders school board to disclose portions of minutes of closed meeting to plaintiff in open meeting lawsuit

A judge has ordered the Des Moines School Board to hand over portions of minutes from a closed board meeting to the American Civil Liberties Union, plaintiffs in an open meetings lawsuit against the school board.

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Iowa appellate court remands tree nut allergy case for further review

In a 2-1 split, the Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed the decision of a state trial court which held that a child’s tree nut allergy did not constitute a disability under the Iowa Civil Rights Act on grounds that the trial court’s analysis was incomplete.

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Iowa judge orders board members to jail for failing to reinstate high school principal

As reported in the Quad City Times, Cedar County District Judge Mark Smith has ordered members of the Durant School Board to serve 30 days in the Cedar County Jail for violating a court order in how the board was to restore Monica Rouse to her job as Durant High School principal.

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ACLU sues to obtain documents from Des Moines school board’s closed session about acceptance of superintendent’s resignation

The Des Moines Register reports that the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa has filed suit, on behalf of a former school board member, against the Des Moines school district seeking materials from a May 2012 school board meeting closed to the public during which the school board voted to accept the now-former superintendent’s resignation.

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Iowa Supreme Court rejects suit challenging state’s school funding scheme

The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, has refused to reinstate a 2008 suit, brought by parents and students in the Des Moines, Davenport, and West Harrison school districts, which alleged the existence of a “disparity in educational outcomes (in Iowa) based upon where one goes to school.”

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Iowa principal victim of fake Twitter account that posted anti-Semitic tweets

According to an Associated Press (AP) report in the Newton Daily News, Des Moines Valley High School Principal Jim Mollison was the victim of a fake Twitter account that posted several anti-Semitic tweets.

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Iowa appellate court rules disciplinary records of school district employees are not subject to disclosure under state’s public records law

The Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled that a school district was not required under the state’s open records act to disclose employee disciplinary records. The appellate court concluded that the records sought fell within an exception requiring that “personal information in confidential personnel records of public bodies” be kept confidential.

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Iowa district reports racial disparity in student suspensions

According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has issued a safety and climate report finding that African-American students are suspended at a higher rate than students from other ethnic groups.

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