A trip to the federal courthouse uncovered these documents, filed with the U.S. District Court, when Hoover City Schools chose to rezone children living in apartments in 2004-2005.
Sincere appreciation to the extremely helpful clerks that were incredibly responsive to my request for these documents.
We’re talking two hours, folks. Two hours from the phone call to the retrieval of the documents. And these documents had to be retrieved from a storage area.
The most shocking thing about these documents is the reason that the Hoover City Board of Education gave for rezoning (page 2 of the PDF, numbered “2.”):
The revised student attendance zones relate to and affect only the elementary schools: Rocky Ridge, Green Valley, Trace Crossing, Shades Mountain, Gwin, Bluff Park, Deer Valley, and South Shades Crest. The new student attendance zones reassign students to redistribute the high concentrations of apartment students more equitably to the various elementary schools.
MORE EQUITABLY redistribute high concentrations of apartment students?
Can someone define why apartment students need to be redistributed more equitably?
What is inherently wrong with apartment students that somehow a concentration of them results in inequity?
The only thing that is perhaps more shocking is the email response from Pauline A. Miller (from the Department of Justice), copied to Norman Chachkin (NAACP LDF attorney), acknowledging that neither of them “will be objecting to hoover’s [sic] elementary rezoning” (page 7 of the PDF).
No wonder the Hoover Board of Education thinks it’s okay to shuffle students around again.
Here is page 18 of the PDF depicting the details of shuffling of apartment students in and out.
Other Interesting Numbers
Pages 41 through 51 indicate the number of students of each race served through enrichment in Hoover’s elementary schools during the 2003-2004 school year. Almost all of the children are white.
Pages 36 through 40 are a listing of employees, broken down by race, and also by certified and classified employees for both the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 school years.
It defies logic that neither Miller nor Chachkin found any of those numbers remarkable.
Page 58 is the order from Judge Inge Johnson approving Hoover’s unopposed request.
The date Hoover board attorney filed court papers was June 4, 2004.
The date Judge Johnson approved the request was June 9, 2004.