Huntsville City Schools releases statement on redistricting court ruling

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville City Schools released a statement regarding Monday's court order on the rezoning fight between the school system and the Department of Justice.

The statement reads:

In her ruling, Judge Haikala did not adopt the plan proposed by Huntsville City Schools or either of the plans proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice.  Rather, she ordered the parties to engage in mediation with regard to the issues presented to the court.  As part of this mediation we anticipate that, for the first time since this case began in 1963, we, in collaboration with the Department of Justice, will be able to create a roadmap to unitary status that addresses goals and timelines for moving toward the return of control of Huntsville City Schools to local officials.

Of note, in her opinion, Judge Haikala said that the court's end purpose must be to remedy the constitutional violation and to restore to state and local authorities control of the public schools.

In the coming days we look forward to meeting with Chief Magistrate, Judge Ott, to effectuate the goal stated by Judge Haikala to establish a roadmap to work continuously toward the ultimate objective – restoring state and local authorities to the control of a school system operating in compliance with the Constitution.

Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala said in her ruling that she hopes a resolution will be agreed upon by the end of the year.

A date for mediation still has not been set.

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