Parents concerned about loss of accreditation


Davenport’s school district is in jeopardy of losing its state accreditation, if the district doesn’t correct recent violations.

It’s in a Phase Two Review right now which takes an intensive look at a district’s programs and finances.

Iowa Department of Education Communications Director Staci Hupp says a loss of accreditation is rare in Iowa.

But Local 4 News dug deeper and found, according to the U.S. Department of Education, a few things could happen if it is lost.

* A school will lose out on federal and state funding. 

* A college may not recognize a diploma or credits from an unaccredited high school.

* Students could be denied admission to colleges and may be required to take remedial courses to make sure they’re on track. 

* Students of these schools will also be ineligible for college scholarships.

Local 4 News spoke with parents this afternoon, who tell us they’re worried by a loss of accreditation.

“I’ve got one [in college] trying to figure out what to do, and the next one’s on his way,” says parent Betty Herrera, “and he’s worried about his future now because there’s not much to look towards.”

“It’s really hard to know they might lose education and funds for programs and grants,” says parent Estella Flores. “It’s a really bad situation.” 

“I know a lot of these schools still has things going on,” worries parent Tyraeus Henderson. “[The children] will lose out on a lot of things.” 

Phase Two Reviews can result in a corrective action plan or conditional accreditation – neither of which affects a school district’s funding. 

Davenport Communications Director Dawn Saul tells Local 4 News tonight, the Department of Education’s goal is to provide help and improve services for students.

She adds, Davenport leadership sees this visit as an opportunity to grow as a district.

Yesterday, Local 4 News told you, Iowa state auditors found most changes made regarding special education students were done without notifying their parents first.

Another issue surrounds the behavioral assessments of students. Auditors found three quarters of them weren’t done properly. 

They also determined  students of color are treated very differently. They’re more likely than their white counterparts to be assigned to special education, expelled, suspended, or put into seclusion rooms. 

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