Anonymous Group Releases Alternate APS Redistricting Plan
Group calls for a "renewed" Grady cluster.
The latest petition to surface in the Atlanta Public Schools redistricting debate is calling for a "renewed" Grady High School cluster.
The proposal removes East Lake Elementary, Toomer Elementary, Coan Middle and King Middle from the current Grady cluster, and leaves Morningside Elementary School, Springdale Park Elementary School, Mary Lin Elementary School, Hope-Hill and Centennial Place to feed into Grady.
It's unclear from the online petition who drafted and released the plan.
The petition calls for:
- Morningside Elementary School, Springdale Park Elementary School, Mary Lin Elementary School, Hope-Hill and Centennial Place to feed into Grady
- Enforce the administrative transfer policy at Grady
- More capacity at Inman Middle School
- Support a K-8 proposal at Centennial Place
- Consider alternate middle school configurations
- Avoid split feeders
- Build promised expansions at Mary Lin and Springdale Park
- Plan classroom space for children with disabilities and gifted students
- Reject the split primary model
- Keep Hope-Hill open and do not merge it with Cook
- Supporting data needs to be published and corrected
Behind the scenes, parents speculate that a self-selected group of parents from Candler Park, Inman Park, Lake Claire, Midtown, Morningside, Poncey-Highland and Virginia-Highland drafted the petition.
"We have serious concerns about the viability of either Option A or B as a long-term solution for our neighborhoods, our schools and for the renewed Grady Cluster," those who drafted the petition wrote.
"Both options continue to exclude our neighbors in the Old Fourth Ward from the Grady Cluster middle school in their backyard… Neither option solves the long-term overcrowding issues at Inman Middle School, and we fear we will be revisiting the problem in a few years."
The online petition was posted on Monday. Feb. 12, and has more than 500 signatures.
View the full petition — Voices for a Renewed Grady Cluster — online.
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