Parents still wait for transfers as deadline nears | News
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Dozens of parents with students in Huntsville
City Schools are still trying to take advantage of an Accountability Act
stipulation that would allow them to transfer their children out of failing
John Tribble believes he did everything
right. He applied in February to transfer his son from Butler High School to
Huntsville High School. Now with classes in their first week, "they haven't
written a letter or given anything to me. All I'm getting is a runaround," said
The reason for the transfer is simple,
according to Tribble: "I don't want him to go to a failing school." However,
things aren't as simple when you look at the numbers.
More than 500 parents applied for transfers
this year. Only 295 were approved based on space available, and of those, eight
fell under the Accountability Act for approval. Here's why: "We are still under
a federal desegregation order, and federal law trumps state law," said School
Spokesperson Keith Ward.
The order states that students in the
minority cannot transfer to a school where they would be in the majority. That
doesn't help Tribble's case. "The problem is the education I want my child to
get and receive," said Tribble.
School leaders believe the real problem is
state lawmakers who passed a law that was in essence an empty promise to
parents. In the meantime, the district said they have pumped more resources
into the nine Huntsville schools that were deemed "failing" under the
Accountability Act. "We've got everything in place that can help their child,
and we would like to see them take advantage of that," said Ward.
"I have to move just to get him out of the
school," said Tribble. "This is not what I want to do, but I guess it's what I
have to do."
By Friday, the school transfer process will
be over for Huntsville City Schools.
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