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House committee blasts federal transgender student guidance as “egregious” example of executive overreach

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), chairman of a House Judiciary Committee task force dedicated to examining what it characterizes as executive overreach by the Obama administration, cited recent guidance on allowing transgender students to use the school bathrooms and locker rooms that are consistent with their gender identity as an “egregious” example, according to Bloomberg BNA.

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Nebraska’s high school athletic association likely to adopt policy soon on participation of transgender athletes in sports

According to the Norfolk Daily News, the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) is moving forward with drafting a policy that governs participation by transgender athletes.

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Iowa district settles employment discrimination suit that claimed employee was terminated for taking medical leave for brain surgery

According to the Sioux City Journal, Sioux City Community School District (SCCSD) has settled a lawsuit brought by a former paraeducator who alleged her contract was not renewed because she was taking too much medical leave after having brain surgery.

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Iowa court dismisses student’s suit claiming district violated his free speech rights when it disciplined him for posting “racially charged” tweet

The Times-Republican reports Marshall County District Court Judge Michael Moon has dismissed a suit brought by former Marshalltown High School (MHS) student Jordan Smith against Marshalltown Community School District (MCSD).

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Four Iowa districts suing seller of alleged defective students’ tablets

According to The Des Moines Register, The Van Buren, Albia, Keokuk and West Burlington Independent school districts are suing CurriculumLoft, who allegedly sold them KUNO tablets intended for student use.

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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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