Desegregation Advisory Committee to update community on consent order

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Since April 2015, Huntsville City Schools have been under a desegregation plan, issued by the Department of Justice. A public conference discussing the status of the order will take place September 6th.

It's a road map to achieve unitary status--meaning equal, educational opportunities for all of the district's students.

More than 2 years into the consent order, the community will receive an update.

"With both sides coming together to review the progress and where we are in the stages of that," said Keith Ward with HCS.

Before the scheduled hearing before Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala, The Desegregation Advisory Committee welcomes the public's input.

"They are the ones who basically can be a resource for parents and they can send their questions or comments or concerns to the desegregation advisory committee," said Ward.

The consent order covers a wide range of topics, like equitable access to class offerings and programs and extra curricular activities.

We can expect many of them to be discussed during the meeting on September 6 at 9 a.m. Members of the community are welcome to submit written comments to the Court by August 30, 2017.

Written comments should be submitted to the Desegregation Advisory Committee (DAC) at

The Court will also hear verbal comments from members of the public at the conclusion of the conference on September 6. Judge Haikala has extended an invitation to the public to attend the meeting.