Parents, students and community members are continuing their efforts to save University of Northern Iowa (UNI) programs and Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS).
A group made up of Price Lab parents, teachers and community members filed a lawsuit in Black Hawk County Court on Tuesday against the Iowa Board of Regents. The group of 37 individuals claim the Regents did not have the authority to close the school because the school was established by the Iowa Legislature.
Parents announced the effort at a march in Cedar Falls last week.
"The grounds are whether or not the BOR has the authority to close the school, or whether it is truly a legislative matter," said Betsy Peterson, a parent of four current MPLS students.
The suit asks the court to stop the school's closing at the end of June.
"I've been here since I was four. I will fight until there is no fight left," said Peterson.
The decision will likely end up in the hands of state lawmakers. Cedar Valley Senator Jeff Danielson and Representative Bob Kressig are vowing to do anything in their power to stop the cuts.
"We didn't get into this overnight, we're not going to get out of it overnight. But we're hoping this is a wake-up call not only for our community here in the Cedar Valley, but for the state of Iowa, that education has always been a priority in terms of our state budget and that it needs to continue to be," said Danielson.
The Iowa Attorney General is also expected to issue an opinion on the matter soon.
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