Thursday, October 11, 2007

Meeting held to discuss discipline at Oxford Middle


HOBSON CITY — Oxford City Schools Superintendent Jeff Goodwin says the system does not tolerate any differences in treatment of students based on race, but Ronald Jackson urged parents of children in the school system to watch the system’s actions closely — especially if their children are minorities.

About 25 people attended the Wednesday night meeting where Jackson spoke at Rising Star United Methodist Church in Hobson City.

Jackson, executive director of Citizens For Better Schools, based in Birmingham, said that he was contacted by parents of students about the disciplinary actions against black students at Oxford Middle School.

Jackson said he has requested student infraction reports to determine if there is a racial disparity in discipline measures on minorities.

He also wants to review the school system’s compliance with a federal desegregation order and look at the racial composition of the instructional and administrative staff.

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