Investigators Question Iowa Juvenile Home in Eldora

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A second Iowa facility for delinquent youths is being investigated for failing to meet educational standards.

The Des Moines Register reports the state is being urged to examine the practices of the State Training School for Boys in Eldora after two separate investigations.

Questions about the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo prompted the governor to close it in January.

Investigators say it appears likely that the Eldora facility is failing to meet minimum education standards for special education students.

The Eldora facility usually houses about 125 boys between the ages of 12 and 18. Often, they are placed there by a judge after getting in trouble and many have committed felonies.

Typically, 50 to 60 percent of the boys at Eldora qualify for special education services.

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