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Photo from the Duren H. Ward Collection in the Iowa State Historical Society. Ward visited the Meskwaki Settlement in the summer of 1905. He took formal portraits but also copied older photos of members of the tribe.

News Quiz: Native American History in Iowa

An estimated 17 different Native American tribes have lived in Iowa, according to Iowa’s Official Register, a 2011 document by the State Library of Iowa. How familiar are you with the history surrounding the tribes that lived in Iowa?

Documents: Iowa Department of Education Equity Reviews 2010-2016

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Most Iowa School Districts Don't Comply With Americans With Disabilities Act
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Find your school or school district in the database of non-compliance citations compiled by IowaWatch. IowaWatch reporter Hannah Soyer obtained equity review documents from the Iowa Department of Education for reviews conducted from the fall of 2010 through February 2016. 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. Jump to Year:
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2010-2011 Equity Reviews

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2011-2012 Equity Reviews

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2012-2013 Equity Reviews

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A sign for van-accessible handicapped parking is shown outside a Cedar Rapids school on May 12, 2016. In an IowaWatch review of Iowa school districts' annual equity reviews, the category with the most ADA non-compliance citations was parking, including passenger loading zones. The reviews are conducted by the Iowa Department of Education in a handful of districts each year.

Most Iowa School Districts Don’t Comply With Americans With Disabilities Act

When Cael Rudkin was in first grade at West Marshall Elementary School he got stuck outside one day because none of the school’s doors had handicap accessible push buttons. Fact is, the majority of Iowa school districts reviewed by the Iowa Department of Education do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, an IowaWatch investigation revealed.