Complaint filed over MPS school closure plan

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - There's more trouble for the Montgomery Public School System. Concerned parents have now filed a complaint against the school system with the U.S. Justice and Education departments' Civil Rights Divisions. The Save Our Schools community organization filed the complaint.

Member Karen Jones says they're fighting to keep several Montgomery schools open, adding that the plan fails to consider "the psychological, emotional and financial cost that would be imposed upon both parents and students."

The MPS Board voted in February to close 8 schools and re-zone the entire system. MPS Spokesperson Tom Salter says the board followed the law, and the system is not concerned about the complaint.

Jones says the approved plan promotes divisiveness and that school officials didn't look at an alternate plan to save the schools. MPS says it did listen, citing 5 public hearings held on the matter.

Closing the schools is part of a bigger plan to cut system costs. The Board has also voted to lay off teachers and staff.

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