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State holds final community forum about Montgomery schools takeover Thursday

(Source: WSFA 12 News file photo) (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

The Alabama State Department of Education will hold the final community forum to discuss its intervention into the Montgomery Public Schools system. This meeting is set to take place at Park Crossing High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Anyone with an interest in the schools impacted by the ALSDE's take over of 27 of the system's schools should attend the meetings.

"We hope that they would come with an open mind," said Michael Sibley, Communications Director for ALSDE. "Come with questions if they have questions about what's happening in their schools and in their school system. Come with an expectation that the state will come forward and do whatever we can to do the most important thing and that improves the education progress of the students in this school system."

The forums will be streamed live on the education department's website

During the first two meetings, MPS parents found out there is no time limit for the intervention and that students can't transfer out of low-performing schools. State officials also talked about the various resources they will be using to try to improve these schools. 

One mother said she likes what she heard.

"I think it will be a better thing for the school system," explained Shikara Portis. "I can't say I agree 100 percent with all the things I've seen so far, but what we're doing obviously isn't working so anything that can come in and implement good change I'm all for."

“We know that there are curiosities, we know that there are questions that people have pertaining to the schools that were selected for intervention,” said Dr. Michael Sibley, Communications Director for ALSDE. “We want to make sure that we are being as transparent as possible, we want to get as much information as we can out to everyone, to parents, to teachers, to students, to school leaders.”

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