HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle submitted a letter to the Federal Judge overseeing the fight over the school system's desegregation plan.
The mayor asked Judge Haikala to support the Huntsville School Board plan.
Any zoning changes to the school system must be approved on a federal level because of a long standing desegregation order. The Department of Justice opposes the school systems proposal, which would close several schools and build new ones.
The DOJ said Huntsville's plan does not integrate the school system enough.
Mayor Battle disagreed, stating the DOJ's plan "actually congregates larger numbers of African-American children and underperforming children in a few schools than the plan offered by the Huntsville School Board".
Mayor Battle pointed out the strides made by Huntsville City Schools over the past three years including new extended day learning program and digital technology provided for all students.
The letter urged the judge to give the city an answer on the rezoning process so the city can move forward.
"Citizens are becoming anxious and need to determine where their children will attend school. Uncertainty is hard on our community, and I respectfully ask that you speed this process along," said Mayor Battle.
Read the entire letter here - http://bit.ly/1nwr98J