Iowa Central Community College president Bob Paxton defended himself and his college Thursday in front of a legislative panel investigating academic wrongdoing at the college. Paxton says to his knowledge, noone has every faced criminal charges in the U-S for what has happened.Iowa Central officials were accused of faking grades for athletes at the Fort Dodge school. Criminal charges against Paxton were dropped, but three other Iowa Central officials — an administrator, the athletic director, and the football coach — pleaded guilty. Paxton says the three officials have been disciplined by the school. Paxton says the men and their families have suffered, both financially and emotionally. However, Republican Senator Mary Lundby of Marion and other lawmakers are upset the guilty officials still have jobs. She says there ought to be some standards for coaches, professors and teachers, and she says the standards should be far and above standards for others. Lundby says “those people should’ve been gone, period.”But Lundby says legislators can’t fire the workers. She says there are some things they will still do, and she expects the committee to ask for monthly reports from the school. Lundby says officials at the school tried to keep the hearing from happening. She says the college started an intense lobbying effort to try and keep them from having a meeting. She says she wanted them to know “you can’t just lobby your way out of a meeting.”The Legislature’s Oversight Committee, which Lundby chairs, is investigating not only Iowa Central but also sports at all 15 area community colleges.
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