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Price Lab tuition case will move ahead to trial


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Black Hawk County District Court Judge Richard Stochl has denied a defense motion to dismiss all criminal charges against parents involved in the Price-Lab tuition case.  The motion was heard in court December 22.  The judge took the case under advisement and issued his ruling this week.

At least nine parents are accused of tampering with records and falsifying addresses to lower their children's tuition at the Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls.  Now that case is being allowed to move forward, the first five defendants will head to trial January 18.

Defense attorneys have argued that as a public institution, Price Lab never should've been able to charge tuition in the first place.

"The state has claimed that our clients used addresses different from where they lived in order to gain admittance of their children to the school to avoid paying tuition.  And if it's illegal for schools to charge tuition, the basic premise of the case fails," the defense attorney said.

The defense have also said that the parents received permission from Price Lab's then-director, Dave Smith, to submit incorrect addresses.  Even so, the Assistant Attorney General argued that's no excuse for what the defendants did.

"It'd be the same if there's a 10 mile per hour speed zone outside the school and Dave Smith says it's okay to speed.  You can do anything if Dave Smith says it's okay, according to the defense argument.  That flies in the face of common sense and certainly doesn't excuse the behavior of parents charged with tampering records in this case," said Scott Brown, Iowa Assistant Attorney General.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek


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