U of Northern Iowa Plans To Close Price Lab School July 1

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Malcolm Price Laboratory School, a cornerstone of University of Northern Iowa’s teacher education program for more than 50 years, will close July 1, school officials said.

UNI President Ben Allen made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in several sometimes-heated meetings that were closed to the public, faculty and parents said. The decision must be approved by the state Board of Regents and the Iowa Legislature.

Last week, Allen said he was considering shutting down the school amid dwindling enrollment and a budget crunch that has hit UNI particularly hard.

The school serves as a training ground for UNI student teachers, and a place to conduct research into how to best educate children. Research and development will continue, however, and could take the form of partnerships with school districts across the state, officials said.

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