Davenport schools could lose state accreditation if they don’t correct recent violations.
Some school board members went before the Iowa State Board of Education this afternoon for an update on actions taken by the school district since April.
That’s when they were found in violation of seven areas, including:
- Most placement changes for special education students were made without meeting with parents.
- Auditors also found three quarters of behavior assessments weren’t done properly.
- The state board also determined students of color were more likely than their white counterparts to be identified for special education, expelled, suspended or put into seclusion rooms.
Local 4 News reached out to education board spokesperson Staci Hupp.
Hupp says the state board voted to do a phase two site visit.
She says based on the results of that audit, the state board would have to decide whether or not to continue state accreditation.
Hupp says conditional accreditation is also an option.
The site visit is expected in the next couple of months.
Local 4 News also spoke with a Davenport mother who attended the meeting with two others.
Kari Dugan helped start District Wide PTO shortly after the state released it’s audit in April.
It’s a group of parents across the city who want to see the violations addressed.
Dugan says after years of feeling like their kids’ voices weren’t being heard, it was a powerful moment to hear state board members tell district officials that their violations weren’t just affecting kids in class but also damaging their lives.
“That was a huge change from speaking in our local meetings. In our local meetings there’s really no thought given to the damage to these kids and the state board recognized immediately that there was damage done and that we needed to correct that damage,” Dugan says.
Hupp says the board also wants state education department workers to notify authorities of any ethics violations they find within the Davenport School District.
She says that could mean the board of education examiners or the Iowa ethics board.
Dugan says she is hopeful that the district can correct their problems before it’s too late.