Iowa temporarily replaces 2 top Davenport school officials

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Iowa school regulators temporarily removed Friday the top two officials in the Davenport school district amid concerns about inequities in discipline for minority students, inadequate special education and school safety.

The State Board of Education decided to replace Superintendent Robert Kobylski and Chief Financial Officer Claudia Wood while the district rectifies deficiencies, the Des Moines Register reported.


The Iowa Department of Education said in a news release that Davenport schools had consistently failed to make progress on goals outlined by the state over the past three years and called the decision “a critical step” toward ensuring a quality education in a safe and secure environment.

Davenport was cited in 2018 after officials determined a higher percentage of minority students were being identified for special education services. The state also found that more minority students were subject to suspension

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Davenport Superintendent and CFO temporarily replaced, voted on by the State Board of Education

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The State Board of Education voted on Friday that Superintendent Dr. Robert Kabylski and the Chief Financial Officer be temporarily replaced. The Iowa Department of Education said in a press release they had “made every effort over the past three years” to work with the school district to address several issues including disciplinary actions against minority students, special education services, and “serious school safety concerns.” They go on to say since the district had “consistently failed” to improve those issues, and the Department of Education recommends the move.



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The Department of Education says the Department and the Board have worked continuously and explicitly with Davenport officials regarding how to make corrective actions, including conditional accreditation.

There was also reportedly insufficient progress on the financial stability within the district, according to the Department of Education.

“The State Board’s decision

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