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Judge extends evidence deadline in school rezoning case

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Huntsville City Schools has requested the judge rule by July so the district can proceed with building plans. Huntsville City Schools has requested the judge rule by July so the district can proceed with building plans.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The judge presiding over the judicial process to make changes to Huntsville City Schools zoning has given the school district and the Department of Justice a deadline of June 13 for specific evidence in the case.

Huntsville City Schools remains under a long standing desegregation order. The order states the system must get federal approval to make any zoning changes. The Department of Justice opposes the system's current proposal. A federal judge will now decide if Huntsville City Schools can go forward with the plan.

United States District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala has requested evidence in relation to 13 issues outlined in a court order. The items requested include:

  • A total number of 11th and 12th grade students, the number of students enrolled in AP courses, the number of students who took AP exams, and the AP test scores for the past seven years.
  • Graduation rates for each high school for the past seven years
  • Projected 2014 graduation rates for each high school
  • Course Description and Registration Guides for school years 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2008-2009, and 2007-2008
  • Registration "cheat sheets" (also known as Frequently Used Course Numbers) for Johnson High School, Butler High School, Grissom High School, and Huntsville High School for the past seven years
  • The total number of students enrolled, by race, for the past seven years
  • The total number of students, by race, who live in the district but attend private schools
  • A list of feeder elementary and middle schools for Butler High School
  • A list of feeder elementary and middle schools for Johnson High School
  • Specific majority to minority transfer data
  • Certification by affidavit that the Board has complied with a June 4, 1984 order regarding transportation for students requesting majority-to-minority transfers. The judge also wants specifics about how the board complied over the past decade
  • One map showing all elementary, middle and high schools and current attendance zones
  • One map showing all elementary, middle and high schools and the Board's proposed attendance zones

Huntsville City Schools has requested the judge rule by July so the district can proceed with building plans.

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