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UNI Starts Transition After K-12 School's Closure

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    April 23, 2014 | 8:51 pm
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen says the school has started the transition for affected students and employees after deciding to close its K-12 laboratory school.

    Allen told the Iowa Board of Regents on Wednesday that teams were helping students of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School find new schools for next fall, working to place UNI students in local school districts for their student teaching experience, and designing a new think tank to conduct education research.

    Allen announced the closure of the laboratory school last month, saying it had become too expensive to operate. The decision has touched off a firestorm of criticism from students, parents and some lawmakers, who said the closure was hastily announced without firm plans of how to replace its teaching and research mission.