Madison County School Board postpones desegregation order meeting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A meeting scheduled for Thursday night to discuss a consent order requiring Madison County schools to create a desegregation advisory committee has been postponed.

On July 5, an agreement was reached in the longstanding school desegregation case between the Madison County Board of Education and the Department of Justice.

After that, a federal judge issued a consent order requiring the school district to provide equal access to gifted and talented services and other academic programs, ensure non-discrimination in student discipline, and improve faculty recruitment, hiring, assignment and retention practices. .

The consent order includes the creation of a desegregation advisory committee like the one formed by concerned parents of students in the Huntsville City School District.

The Madison County School District held a press conference to discuss the action plan.

There has been progress as the groundwork is in place for the district to engage parents in the desegregation process.

“We are still developing some strategies and so once the information is available it will be made public on how families or stakeholders in our community can participate,” said Dr. Rachel Ballard, Director of Equity and Innovation for Madison County Schools.

The purpose of the committee is to present a distinct voice on issues, in addition to that of the school district.

Some of the areas of expected improvement in consent by the Department of Justice are; identify and remove existing barriers for black students, hire more black teachers and professors, and train staff in classroom behavior management.

The Madison County School Board meeting has been rescheduled for early August.


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