Parents React to Montgomery Public Schools Asking State For Help


By Ashley Thompson

The Montgomery County School Board voted yesterday for help from the state. Board members unanimously approved appointing a monitor to overlook MPS business as the expanded grade-changing investigation continues.

So, what do parents think about the state intervening?

It's been more than a year since allegations of grade changing came to light. Since then, both the Montgomery County School Board and the State Board of Education have launched investigations. The state found the results of the initial investigation troubling and as a result, has expanded its investigation. Some parents tell us they feel left in the dark.

"You keep hearing okay, we're going to look for the solution and nothing has happened so stop talking and lets see some action," says Marie Bozeman.

State School Superintendent Tommy Bice outlined problem areas in a letter sent to Montgomery Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Thompson. Though some parents say they don't believe the school board is able to fix the problems.

"The school board actually, half of the time don't know what's going on in the school system," says parent Latrisha Williams. "They're not there."

Thompson says the school board approved appointing a monitor because they believe it will help make they're operations more transparent.

"We're saying okay we want the state to come in as our partner and help us correct anything that could be wrong."

Some parents tell us they see it as a step in the right direction.

"Well I think they should help," says Susan March. "Because we need to find out what's going on in the schools."

Others say the school board should handle its own business.

"Just do the job or find some people that can," says Mildred Hartwell.

And some just want a complete state takeover of Montgomery Public Schools.

"If we could have a state takeover and it can be on the same guidelines as others in northern Alabama, it would probably be a lot better," says Williams.

"I think the state needs to pick it up," says Bozeman. "I really do because if the school board could handle it, it would have been done already."



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