VHCA Earmarks 20K to Fight APS Redistricting
Virginia-Highland among several neighborhoods that plan to hire lawyers if necessary
The Virginia-Highland Civic Association earmarked $20,000 on Monday that could be used to fight Atlanta Public Schools redistricting.
The money would be used to cover "any legal needs that may arise as APS redistricting moves forward,” Virginia-Highland Civic Association president Jack White said.
The money would be pooled with funds from neighboring civic associations to hire lawyers to see if the redistricting process is legal or possibly hire demographers to look at the demographic study published by a firm hired by the school district.
"The process has been so abrupt and arbitrary that it's alarmed huge numbers of parents," White said. "We’re hoping APS will respond to pleas from many communities to proceed more deliberatively and inclusively, but if that doesn't happen, we are prepared to work with other neighborhoods in considering all the options available to us."
White said he spoke with representatives from Inman Park and Morningside, who have committed to pooling money together.
All four original options for Atlanta Public Schools redistricting include removing Morningside Elementary School from the Inman Middle and Grady High cluster. In these proposals, Morningside kids would attend a new proposed Mid-town Middle School and N. Atlanta High School.
Morningside parents have opposed this plan because students would be bussed up to 10 miles to school, among other concerns.
Some options include splitting the Springdale Park Elementary School campus with Hope Hill Elementary in Old Fourth Ward. One campus would house kindergarten-through-second-grade and the other would house third-through-fifth-grades.
Springdale Park parents are urging the district to add more classrooms at Springdale Park and keep the school kindergarten-through-fifth-grades.
At the end of January, the demographers hired by Atlanta Public Schools will release two or three new proposals that reflect public input and updated census data. A second round of public input meetings will be held once the proposals are released.
A final recommendation from the superintendent to the board of education is expected in April.
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