The closed Facebook group “Hoover United” was created in September 2014 as a place for concerned citizens to swap ideas. Before Hoover United was created, multiple closed Facebook groups existed as a way to share information about the rezoning ideas that were being floated by former Superintendent Andy Craig.
Folks are asking questions on Hoover United, and we will attempt to provide relevant information if not provided somewhere else.
One recurring question is how many students transfer into Hoover’s schools, either because their parent works for Hoover City Schools or for some other reason.
Hoover’s board attorney filed the latest round of required federal desegregation reports on October 21, 2015, showing relevant numbers for the 2015-2016 school year. (Scroll down to link to all reports.)
You may recall that Hoover had taken a position they were not required to file the reports, but were forced to change that position after federal Judge Madeline Haikala required them to do so. Haikala asked Hoover to file five years of reports. They complied with her order in early 2015.
The 1971 desegregation order (which Hoover inherited when it broke away from Jefferson County schools in 1988) required reports to be filed on a yearly basis, in October of each year.
One of those reports has to do with student transfers. There are two types of transfers: out of district (students who are not zoned for Hoover’s schools but are allowed to attend), and intradistrict (students who are zoned to Hoover’s schools but attend a school other than the one to which they are zoned).
Here’s what the 2015-2016 court reports (Document 1034-2) reveal about those two types of students transfers.
There are questions that can be asked about these transfers. The purpose in sharing this information is to provide facts as a base for those questions. Click on an image to enlarge it.
Please remember that each of these numbers represents an actual child, and it is important to honor and respect all parents’ wishes for their children.
Here are the 2015-2016 court reports filed by Hoover City Schools on October 21, 2015.