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Judge rules that Regents can close Price Lab

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A Black Hawk County District Court judge has ruled that the Iowa Board of Regents can move forward with the closing of the Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls.

Judge Alan Pearson dismissed a lawsuit on Monday that was filed by parents and supporters of the school who argued that the power to close the school was given to the legislature in 2010.

Judge Pearson disagreed, saying that Iowa Board of Regents does have the power.

In what they called a cost saving move, the regents voted in February to close the school by June 30.

Plaintiffs in the case have 10 days to file an appeal.  They say their fight isn't over.

The Board of Regents released a statement saying: "The Board of Regents is pleased with today's ruling by the Iowa District Court upholding the Board's decision to close the Malcolm Price Laboratory School at UNI.  This ruling allows the University to continue its work to advance the College of Education as a leader in pre K-12 education and secure its future in its most important role of educating Iowa's teachers. 

"The Board expresses its thanks to President Allen for his leadership and vision in making difficult choices that will enhance the excellence of the College of Education," said Board of Regents President Craig Lang.  "We look forward with great enthusiasm to the future of teacher education at UNI and its impact on education in our state and the nation."" 

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