Community meeting Friday to discuss segregation & school achievement in Rockford Public Schools

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Alderwoman Linda McNeely is hosting a community meeting Friday night to discuss segregation and school achievement in School District 205, following up on a story that was published in the Rockford Register Star on Sunday.

McNeely says the story called "Segregated Again,” exposed a topic that minority residents along with herself have been worried about for many years. The Register Star's data shows that the highest achieving schools in the Rockford District were mainly populated by white students, while the worst performing schools were predominately minority students. McNeely says she wants to address the critical state of Rockford Public Schools to get our kids prepared for their future and correct what's wrong.

"It really should come from the community and the educators, and the educators can only go as far as the administration will allow them to go, so the administration has to be a part of this. Again it takes a village, it can't be just the parents or just the teachers, it has to be the whole community involved," says 13th Ward Alderwoman, Linda McNeely.

McNeely invites anyone interested in discussing this issue to come to the meeting Friday night from 6-8 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall.