Regents Ask Iowa Court to Dismiss Price Lab Suit

Price Lab students, faculty and guests enjoy a picnic lunch at the Price Lab Field Day Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (BRANDON POLLOCK / Courier Staff Photographer)

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By Rachel Begle

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - State lawyers want the Iowa Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Iowa Board of Regents' decision to close the education training school at the University of Northern Iowa.

An assistant attorney general representing the regents filed documents last week asking the high court to throw out the appeal filed by parents and other supporters of the Price Laboratory School.

The regents voted earlier this year to close the school in June in a cost-saving move. The decision drew protests from parents, students, employees and members of the community who considered Price Lab a model teaching and learning center.

The lawsuit alleges the regents didn't have the authority to close it, but a judge rejected that argument.

The regents will consider plans Wednesday to demolish parts of the building.

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