Iowa City Parents, Students Fight School Budget Cuts

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Parents and students living in the Iowa City area continue to fight budget cuts within the district. The cuts were announced earlier this month by Superintendent Steve Murley during a work-session with the school board. Cuts will impact language, music and junior high programs.

At a school board meeting tonight students and parents plan to gather to protest the cuts, which the superintendent has previously said are final.

"Board meeting tonight at 6 and it will be at the ICCSD building on north dodge. Speaking opportunities are at the very beginning of the meeting and you have 3 minutes. Hope lots of you can come!" a facebook group titled "Save Iowa City German" posted Tuesday.

The German language program would be completely phased-out under the plan. According to another post, students were in Des Moines to meet with state lawmakers Tuesday to discuss the cuts.

District leaders say the cuts are needed to reduce spending and to maintain the district's general fund.
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