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Most Iowa School Districts Don’t Comply With Americans With Disabilities Act
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Data shows the results of school district equity reviews conducted by the Iowa Department of Education based on the letter of findings sent to districts as well as the date upon which school districts became compliant. Documents from reviews starting in the fall of 2010 through February 2016 were reviewed.
Data is grouped by school district as well as by school and is shown as total non-compliance citations as well as broken down into citations by areas of non-compliance.
Since 2010, the Iowa Department of Education has inspected 48 school districts in the districts’ annual equity review, and all except one had areas of non-compliance with the ADA. The largest categories of non-compliance were parking and passenger loading zones, with a combined 336 citations, followed by toilet rooms with 157 and entrances with 122.
After districts have 45 calendar days to return a compliance plan after receiving letters of findings citing issues found during equity reviews. Compliance plans must describe areas of non-compliance, remedies to correct the non-compliance, evidence needed to verify the remedy, the staff member responsible for overseeing the correction and a timeline for completion.
Staci Hupp, the Iowa Department of Education’s communications director, said the department makes on-site visits to monitor progress until the areas of non-compliance are fixed.
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