New group promises “safe forum” to discuss concerns about Huntsville City Schools

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The newly formed Huntsville Education Alliance (HEAL) will hold its first public meeting Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30pm.

According to organizers, "HEAL's mission is to improve Huntsville's learning environment by providing an independent safe forum for public discussion."

Tuesday's meeting, in the main auditorium of the Downtown Huntsville public library, will focus on student discipline and teacher retention.

Spokesperson David Pinkleton says, "we've recently had some fights at Grissom High School, Huntsville High School. I know we've had weapons brought to school recently."

He adds, "we've seen several teachers that are effectively retiring and whatnot. So, there's definitely concern with respect to who is educating our children but also with respect to -- do we actually have a safe environment that's conducive to learning?"

Future meetings will deal with other topics related to the city school system.

Pinkleton says all concerned citizens are invited to attend, regardless of whether they have a child in the school system.

"We want to be more than just simply an avenue for people to share their concerns. We want to actually come up with positive solutions to push and move the school system forward," he says.

The goal of the grassroots organization is to communicate to city, state and federal officials with a unified voice.

The group has set up a website, healhuntsville.com. Organizers may also be contacted by emailing HEALHuntsville@gmail.com.