Dr. Tate reaches settlement with Iowa education officials


Local Four News has learned an agreement has been reached between outgoing Davenport Superintendent Art Tate and the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

The final order said Dr. Tate had accepted a written reprimand.

It stems from a 2016 complaint in which state education official report Dr. Tate drafted and submitted a budget surpassing what was authorized. 

That’s in violation of Iowa code.

The final order was approved in early August.

In 2015, Dr. Tate announced during a school board meeting that he intended to violate state law by spending money from the cash reserve funds without authorization from the state.

Even though the funds might be available, districts are not allowed to spend more than the state authorizes.

Dr. Tate did submit a request in 2015 to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee to equalize funding, but it was denied. 

In a statement from the district following the settlement, it said Dr. Tate announced in 2015 that Davenport Community Schools received “$175 less per pupil per year than many other districts due to an inequity in the state funding formula.”

Dr. Tate will not lose his administrator’s license as a part of the settlement. 

In a statement, Dr. Tate said, “The impact of accepting this agreement is that any time I apply for an educational position in the future, I will have to provide a record of this complaint. Although I can provide an explanation of my actions, it will undoubtedly limit my ability to find future jobs in the field of education.”

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