School segregation meetings planned for Jefferson Co. communities

School segregation meetings planned for Jefferson Co. communities
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -A series of meetings planned for Jefferson County communities aim to find out if you think your child’s school has been equal and fair.

It’s all part of a process to get the Jefferson County School District from under a 50-year-old desegregation order.

Jefferson County leaders want to make sure your child has equal access when it come to things like qualified teachers to transportation and extra curricular activities

The Board of Education released the following statement to parents:

“The Jefferson County School District has long been a part of a school desegregation case, Stout v. Jefferson County Board of Education. The federal court supervising the case has ordered the Parties to the case (the Jefferson County Board of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund) to review the District’s operations to decide what steps the District needs to take before the court will grant the District unitary status and end the case. “We want to hear from families about whether your children have equal access in District schools to qualified teachers, the gifted and talented program, advanced courses, career technical education, extracurricular activities, and quality school facilities, without regard to race. We would also like to hear from you about your experience with student discipline and whether students are treated fairly, regardless of race. Lastly, we’d like your feedback on how students and faculty are assigned to schools and classrooms so we can ensure that those assignments comply with the federal court order. Please attend one of the meetings listed below to give us your input. Each feeder pattern is assigned a meeting location. However, if you are unable to attend the meeting at your assigned location, you should feel free to attend one of the other scheduled meetings.”

There are a series seven of meetings throughout this month:

October 9

Fultondale Elementary School

6-7:30 p.m. for the feeder patterns of Fultondale, Gardendale and Minor High Schools

October 11

Pinson Valley High School

6-7:30 p.m. for the feeder patterns of Center Point and Pinson Valley High Schools

October 22

Hueytown High School

6-7:30 p.m. for the feeder patterns of Hueytown, Pleasant Grove and Oak Grove Zones

October 23

Mortimer Jordan High School

6-7:30 pm for the feeder patterns of Corner and Mortimer Jordan High Schools

October 24

Shades-Valley High School

6-7:30 p.m. for the feeder patterns of Shades Valley/IB Zone

October 25

McAdory High School

6-7:30 p.m.

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