The Ottumwa Courier

October 8, 2013

Iowa Juvenile Home criticized for schooling


Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report says the Iowa Juvenile Home is understaffed, underfunded and has offered inadequate education to its residents.

The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/15SXH7Z ) the Iowa Department of Education has ordered that "compensatory education" be provided for youths who have turned 18, have been discharged from the home over the past 26 months and have yet to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The Education Department report issued Monday says the Department of Human Services, which runs the home, must find those former residents and report their names to the Department of Education within the next five weeks.

The Department of Education investigated the Toledo facility's educational services for the 38 youths who live there and receive treatment for behavioral disorders.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com