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Iowa City schools will still have class on MLK day

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

After looking at logistics and hearing the from upset community members, the Iowa City Community School District will still hold class on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Parents of students in the district are calling it down right disrespectful.

Last Tuesday,  the school board was under pressure after administrators decided to have class on MLK day.

A decision that community members say was never discussed with them. 

During Tuesday night's meeting, superintendent Stephen Murley said the reason the board couldn't reverse their decision is because there's no statute that has a process in place to change school calendars once they've been approved.

Murley says this academic school year's calendar was approved prior to this school year starting, but community members aren't buying it.

Sylvia Boyer lives in Iowa City and she says children need to know who they are, and she's hoping change will be made in the future.

"With as many as were here tonight, if we continue to pull together and have that unity we will see a change," Boyer.

Now Boyer is a pastor and she says this decision hurts the black community, but she will do all she can to push for change.

She also mentioned that there are peaceful protests like boycotting possibly in the works and she plans on participating.

The board made it very clear that families do have the option of pulling their child out of school that day, but community members still say the boards decision is offensive.

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