Art Tate

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. 

With several months still to go before the deadline, work on a key part of next year's budget for the Davenport School District is finished. Tuesday night, the board of education approved extending the contract for the teacher's union, and new contracts for three other groups.

As the Iowa legislature opens its new session, community leaders from the Quad Cities have a suggestion - update the school funding formula so all school districts in the state are treated the same. That was the message Tuesday at a news conference sponsored by the chamber of commerce.

A Davenport attorney wants to help the Davenport School District spend more money on its students. This week, Cathy Cartee filed a class action lawsuit against the Iowa legislature, the governor, and the Iowa Department of Education. 

The Davenport School Board has decided to join Superintendent Art Tate "out on a limb," and ask permission from the state to spend more money than allowed by law. Monday night it unanimously approved his recommendation to apply to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee. 

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