UNI education students ask questions about Price Lab closure
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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
On Monday, education majors at the University of Northern Iowa had an opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions about how the potential closure of Malcolm Price Laboratory School will impact their education.
UNI President Ben Allen recommended the closing of Price Lab last week as one of several budget cuts at the university. The Iowa Board of Regents will meet Monday to vote on the recommendation.
UNI's education program has a strong reputation, grown from the school's history as a teacher's college. College students expecting to gain experience by being involved at Price Lab are now concerned about their education and the future of the education program at UNI.
President Allen organized two meetings on Monday at the Gallagher-Bluedorn to address those concerns. About 100 students showed up to the 11 a.m. meeting. There is another meeting scheduled for 7 p.m.
Allen told students he met with the superintendents of Waterloo and Cedar Falls school districts to discuss incorporating students from Price Lab into their districts and learning opportunities for UNI education majors. Allen told the education students on Monday that he left the meeting "energized and encouraged."
Education students were concerned about the commute to the school districts, since they currently teach at Price Lab on the UNI campus.
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