New bill could challenge Davenport's diversity plan

The district currently lets people leave on a one-in-one-out policy

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Davenport Community Schools superintendent Dr. Art Tate says a new bill in the Iowa legislature is putting their diversity at risk. 

The district currently lets people leave on a one-in-one-out policy. Tate says it helps maintain socio-economic diversity. The proposed bill would allow anyone to leave. 

Tate says more than 100 students applied to leave the district this year.  Only 16 were approved. 

He says if they had all been allowed to leave -- it would have dealt a major financial blow.

"You lose $700,000 that's a lot of teachers and a lot of programs. We already are losing students each year just by the drop of our enrollment," Tate said. "That means we're getting less per pupil coming into run our district. That $700,000 would just be another impact on it." 

 


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