Created: September 08, 2020 04:06 PM
(AP) - State district court judges in Des Moines and Iowa City have declined to halt enforcement of a state requirement for schools to return students to classrooms.
The judges Tuesday rejected arguments from two school districts and a teachers union that local officials could ignore the governor and educate students at home due to surging numbers of coronavirus cases in Iowa.
In two separate rulings, a Polk County judge said Iowa law clearly establishes state control over the time schools must hold in-person instruction, and a Johnson County judge concluded the governor has broad emergency powers under the Iowa Constitution that local school boards do not have.
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