Education advocate discusses perks and problems from this past school year

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Even though it is summer vacation, you shouldn’t stop thinking about your child’s education.  This week Elizabeth Dotts Fleming of the Huntsville-Madison County Schools Foundation stopped by WHNT News 19 to give her perspective on just how important it is to think about education 365 days a year.

“I think there’s one thing about education.” says Fleming.  “It is a passionate thing that falls on the hearts of so many people.  Everybody was educated in different times, and different schools.  People that live in Huntsville city, Madison County, all across the world.  We all come to think about education a little bit differently and that’s okay, that’s important.  So we are there to listen and to respond, and also to be a partner and to bridge those communications.”

The school systems in these districts have their share of perks and problems.  The Huntsville City Schools have been in the spotlight this year for numerous issues.  Discipline problems and rezoning issues have made a lot of parents unhappy.  “Huntsville city has been under a desegregation court order since many years before my parents even moved to Huntsville.  So in the past few years, they have really worked hard to get out from under the desegregation order.  That’s not going to happen overnight.  That’s a conversation that needs to go on for a long period of time and try to right those injustices that were occurring in Huntsville city schools.  So I think we have to remember that when we think about the last year and how difficult it was. I don’t think it was difficult across the board, because I speak to parents, I speak to teachers.  Was it a challenge? Yes.  Did everybody know that with this first year and the consent order might be a challenge?  I don’t think everybody did.  I also don’t think they understood that it might touch them personally.  Even those that it’s touched personally, they’re really positive about it. They see the good that it will bring Huntsville in the long run, and for the schools of course.”

View our entire conversation with Elizabeth Dotts Fleming here in three parts: