Town Hall Meeting to Find Solutions for Huntsville’s Failing Schools

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - State Rep. Laura Hall (D-District 19) has issued a call to action to help nine failing schools in the Huntsville system.  She hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday evening.

'Town Hall Meeting: A Community Call to Action' drew a large crowd of parents, other lawmakers and educators to the Showers Center.

Hall says the goal is to create a positive, active response from the community and have a plan in place to help Huntsville students as the new school year begins.

"We all have a stake in the education and future of our children," Rep. Hall wrote in the notice about the meeting.  "We cannot continue to sit idly by and allow our children's future to be shortchanged.  These failing schools did not occur overnight and there is no overnight solution.  With a strong community effort, these schools can become the bright shining stars they deserve to be."

Dr. Tommy Bice, Alabama Superintendent of Education, released the list of failing schools in June.  Nine Huntsville schools were named: SR Butler High School, Chapman Middle School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Davis Hills Middle School, Ed White Middle School, J.O. Johnson High School, Lakewood Elementary School, James Dawson Elementary School and Westlawn Middle School.