School Zones Fallout

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

It's back to business as usual for the Rockford School Board... almost. Community members reacted at Tuesday night's board meeting, the first since the decision to switch from school choice to zones.
School board members say the vote to switch is final ... But that didn't stop some parents from speaking their minds at Tuesday night's meeting.
There are still concerns that the process has moved ahead too quickly.
Some say board members haven't had enough time to work out all the kinks and answer all parent questions. Namely, how will the zones stay socio-economically equal without shifting kids around every few years. Some parents say these concerns could lead to another law suit like the one that started school choice.
"I would hate to have another one, but with the total disrespect and disregard of the Rockford community's concerns, it's inevitable and yes, if they ask me to support it, I will," says Rockford Parent Dorla Bonner.
Superintendent Dennis Thompson says most of the feedback regarding the switch has been positive. What criticism he's heard he says focuses around the speed of the process.
He points out the board has been deliberating carefully for months and they're working to make zones as stable and fair as possible.
Rockford sixth and ninth graders will receive their official school assignments by mail next week.
Also at Tuesday night's meeting, 14 Rockford teachers received their Golden Apple Grants for teaching excellence. The funds total around $7,400.


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