Blog: Federal Court Hearing in Huntsville School Rezoning Case

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve finished day two of a hearing at the federal courthouse in Huntsville.  The Huntsville City School Board is asking a federal judge to approve its rezoning plan, however, the Department of Justice opposes this.

Read our blog of the proceedings below:

35 comments

  • Bettye Bush

    Everyone here is focusing on Wardynski think he have the magic bullet.
    Warski, lowed the test scores so it would seem like that students are some how just got smarter under his direction,

  • Truthbetold

    WHNT’s reporter is blogging a very bias live report. I thought journalist/reporters are supposed to be neutral in his/her reporting. From the moment she begins blogging about DOJ attorney it is written in a negative slant. Maybe she is just reintegrating her employers position.

    • Claire Aiello

      Truth, thank you for your feedback. My employer doesn’t have a stance on this and neither do I. I’m trying to present the hearing as it’s happening.

      The line of questioning went from open-ended with the school board’s lawyers, to more of a request for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers when the DOJ lawyers came up. It’s a tactic used, yes, and it does change the tone of what’s happening in court.

      We appreciate you reading.

  • Skillpot

    Hmmmmm! Why is it that out of all that dialog, I do not see anything related to improving the quality of teachers, and education?

  • Bob

    48% graduation rate at Butler? If they went to another school the rate would be less than that. They are not up to their grade level is what he is saying. The truth is hard on some people.

    • blazingphoenix1961@gmail.com

      Butler used to be one of the best schools around as were sw Huntsville schools in general. When a city insists upon steering almost all of the Housing Authority into one school and its feeders, disaster ensues. HHA=The destruction of Butler and its feeder schools. We have born this burden for decades while the rest of this city thumbed its collective noses at us. Huntsville: Take your fair and equal share of HHA period! We never asked for it and did not deserve the negative impact that HHA has brought about. HHA slammed it into our long established neighborhoods. It is someone elses turn.

    • Ray Greene

      It troubles me that some “single-minded” “closet” racists take every opportunity, even when it involves the well-being of children to take a swipe at the Pfresident. If you want to talk about judges, why not start with the Supreme Court whose bias has made money more important than Democracy?

      • Skillpot

        Dang, Ray, I could not have said it any better! Excluding myself, none of the comments relate to the QUALITY OF EDUCATION for the students! They are all about NONSENSE

  • Skillpot

    Dang, we are well into Day 2, and still, no dialog about the quality of the teachers, or education of!

    • Claire Aiello

      Skillpot, this is mostly about student assignment and facilities being built in various parts of town. Teachers have come up somewhat – the hiring process, how they are put in schools, but this hearing is much more focused on the proposed zone lines being fair or not fair.

  • Bob

    The only solution to this is forced busing. It didn’t work before and it won’t work now. I don’t know what the DOJ wants. North Huntsville is black and South is white. What can be done about that? Nothing.

    • blazingphoenix1961@gmail.com

      And what about the students caught in the middle of the city? Apparently we don’t matter. We are caught in the crosshairs of white east Huntsville and black northwest Huntsville. Our kids/Butler High are being bused and thrown to the 7 winds. We are closer to Huntsville High than a lot of the students who are zoned there now but are sent 7 miles out of the way. Shame on HCS

  • I love the 2nd Amendment

    No problem Miss Harris, we probably don’t want your kids at Grissom anyway. How can you actually attend high school in Huntsville and have no clue about any of the other schools? I went to high schools at Grissom and I know everything I need to know about Butler.

  • Domino

    I lived in Westlawn when Stone was burned to the ground. There were gangs of out of control kids. All moved to Westlawn and they started a big riot trying to take over the school kids. Stone was built back a very nice school sitting there empty now. Guards had to be hired at the schools the kids were so bad. This is why people don’t want to merge kids. It has nothing to do with race it has to do with respect of others and values that need to be tough in the homes. The parents don’t do that, they want to say there grandmother’s, mother, mother had it bad so they need us to feed them and house them till the end of time. Don’t you see what is happening? I don’t have to make good grades I can play the race card. Let the government feed and house me and my kids for the rest of our lives. People are not leading by example. Your kids learn from you more than they do the teacher. If you don’t get out and make something out of your self. Your child is going to live the same way.

    • Me

      I agree 100%, they could not pay me any amount of money for me to be willing to send my children to a school that has kids who act that way. It’s a harsh reality but people seriously need to understand that their children are out of control. Be better role models and see how their behavior changes. Let’s not blame a school system for the failure of children who have serious discipline problems.

    • blazingphoenix1961@gmail.com

      Stone was a great school before HHA overbuilt housing units at Butler Terrace and dumped the bulk of the “problem” children housed there into Stone/Butler. HHA destroyed our schools via steering and dumping of way too many HHA children into this small area.

    • Bettye Bush

      I wish we could have a forum and let everyone have a cuss fight and call everyone anything they want to in public,without police are guards we need to tell each other what we think about each other.It seem like one race of people think they don’t have any bad children or problem kids no drugs or nothing we need to know there secert

      • Me

        I don’t know if you have actually been in any of the schools spoken of but to day that they have only a few children with problems would be a joke. As far as how to produce successful children who are not into drugs and violence, which appears to be an epidemic in your community, it starts with the parents being educated. Based on your grammar I would assume you are missing that requirement. Also, we could never all get in one area and fight about it as your community would bring weapons and further damage the reputation of household guns.

  • Domino

    Maybe they should take all the millions they are sinking into the schools and give the students wifi and computers. Let the teachers teach them online and let the parents see what the teachers have to put up with. They can eat at home and people wont have to worry about the school menu. That will save tons of money. If the child needs one on one the child can then come to the school for a few hours. everyone can keep their jobs. If they have problems with the laptop they can bring it to the school for repair. The school can still get there money from them signing on at home like a roll call. Then the parents will respect the teacher more and the school. Well I was saying school but the building can be cut way down in size just for the staff. That too will save power and water. Then they wont have to have all those high priced buses and gas cost. This is 2014 people do online class everyday.

    • Me

      Financially that would be a possible solution however, if children stay at home they will not get the needed social interactions. I am sure that the majority of these children we are arguing over severely need that given the disgusting behavior of many of their families and overall community members. Also we all know that school lunches are just another handout that many Americans have become dependent on. Remember, it’s not like those families are actually responsible for their children…they have become all of the taxpayers unwarranted burden.

  • prettytalkative angel51

    Clearly judging from these comments, the beast has reared its ugly head in the diverse city of Huntsville, Alabama. Animals have more respect for each other than the human race has for itself.

  • Jane DeNeefe

    To me, this comment: “Wardynski adds the oldest schools are in the north because that’s where the city started,” shows how out of touch he is with how this city and school system developed before he got here.

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