Judge Again Sides with Regents on Price Lab Closure

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

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 Belinda Yeung

WATERLOO, Iowa --- A judge has once again ruled against a group of parents and educators fighting to keep the Price Lab school at the University of Northern Iowa open.

In the latest exchange, Price Lab supporters had asked Judge Alan Pearson to reconsider his June decision that sided with the Iowa Board of Regents.

Supporters had claimed the board overstepped its authority when it voted to close the school in February because of budget cuts. They said the Price Lab facility was to be used as the site of the State Research and Development School established by lawmakers, and legislators didn’t grant the regents the ability to close it.

In turning down the request to further pursue the matter, Pearson wrote that the regents’ action neither “disestablished nor closed” the Research and Development School because that school hasn’t been established or opened as of June 30. He also noted that he didn’t rule on whether the regents had the authority to abolish the school once it was established.

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