The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners is no longer printing and mailing licenses as of July 1, 2016. At the state level, the District Court, citing Plessy v. Ferguson, ruled in favor of the Board of three judges involved in the case stated that the white and negro schools were equal in the buildings, teachers, educational provisions as well as transportation.
Among the changes, Board members will no longer use district-funded credit cards; will receive a per diem allowance when attending professional conferences; and will employ a new process for determining public events, conferences, and meetings that Board members can attend at the district’s expense.
The legal concept of FAPE” is shorthand for free, appropriate public education.” You will find FAPE defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) at 20 U. S. C. § 1401(3)(A)(9) ( Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition , page 51) and in the Code of Federal Regulations at 34 C.F.R. § 300.17 ( Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition , page 196).
But before discussing that premise, it might be worthwhile to note that the last time there was a major disagreement between Corda and the Board of Education on the one hand, and the Finance Director, the Common Council and the Mayor on the other, the BOE was correct.
The entire school board needs to go out there on the front steps of City Hall along side the teachers and students and demand that City Council and the Mayor explain how they can find funding for baseball, football and beer manufacturers, but cannot, or will not, adequately fund the schools.