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DAVENPORT (KWWL) -  An Iowa education department official says the Davenport school superintendent and board members could face consequences if they follow through on a plan to spend more money than authorized by the state.
   The agency's deputy director, Jeff Berger, says that board members who agree to the plan could face criminal charges and that action could be taken against Superintendent Art Tate's professional license.
   Berger's comments come a day after Tate told the school board that his budget plan for the 2016-2017 school year would exceed state-set spending limitations by about $5 million.
   Tate said he plans to tap into reserve funds that under state spending rules he isn't allowed to use. He says he would have to make cuts unless he uses the reserve dollars.

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