DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court will review whether Gov. Terry Branstad had the power to close the troubled Iowa Juvenile Home.
The court announced Friday that it would hear an appeal from Branstad, who petitioned the court about two weeks ago.
Branstad closed the home in January following allegations that teens were improperly treated and denied a proper education. Four lawmakers then sued Branstad to keep the home open.
A district court judge has ordered the state to reopen the home and use funds the Legislature approved to operate it. The 21 girls who had been living at the home now live elsewhere.
No hearing date has been set. The order from the Supreme Court puts the lower court ruling on hold.