Art Tate

Tate Announces Retirement

Apr 24, 2018
Davenport School District

A long career in education will end next year. Monday night, Davenport Superintendent Art Tate notified the school board that he wants to retire in June, 2019.

It's far from perfect, but officials of the Davenport School District are pleased with the school funding bill approved by the Iowa Legislature. Now on its way to the governor, the bill adds 32 million dollars in new spending for districts across the state.

Tate Hearing Postponed

Jan 25, 2018
Davenport School District

The superintendent of the Davenport schools is off the hook for a while longer. Wednesday the state Board of Educational Examiners announced the hearing for Art Tate before an administrative law judge has been postponed.

Davenport schools were open Wednesday as usual despite possible threats posted on social media. 

On Midwest Week, Davenport challenges the state of Iowa to fix the school aid formula.  

State Charges Tate

Aug 28, 2017
Davenport School District

The state of Iowa may "throw the book" at Davenport Superintendent Art Tate. But not until next year. 

Proposals to equalize school funding in Iowa failed again this year. But they still advanced farther in the legislature than they had in the past. 

As the Davenport School District prepares its budget for next year it's also looking ahead two more years. Monday night, the board of education discussed a three year budget reduction plan.

Despite facing severe penalties, the Davenport school board continues to support its superintendent in his decision to spend more money than state law allows. On Monday night the board discussed the possible consequences of the dispute that could ultimately lead to a state take-over of the district. 

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