Petition Update

Ground rules for mediation are set.

Terri Michal
Madison, AL

Jul 17, 2014 — "If mediation works, both sides can file a joint motion and the court might hold a hearing before ruling on the motion.

"If the parties are not able to reach an agreement, then the Court will give the parties an opportunity to submit separate proposals regarding benchmarks and timelines for unitary status, and the Court will resume its consideration of the parties' student assignment proposals."

That means, if talks fail, Haikala could select the city's rezoning plan or one proposed by the Justice Department. But it also means, if talks were to fail, that the judge could decide on much more, including identifying the necessary steps to end the 1970 desegregation order."
Please continue sharing this petition, we do not need our superintendent to be a part of mediation when we don't even know his agenda!

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/07/desegregation_judge_lays_groun.html#incart_river

Desegregation judge sets ground rules for Huntsville's mediation with Justice Department
Desegregation judge sets ground rules for Huntsville's mediation with Justice Department
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The judge overseeing Huntsville's desegregation dispute this week wrote that she hadn't done an adequate job of explaining the upcoming mediation with the U.S. Department of Justice. So she filed a seven-page supplemental order laying out a few ground rules.
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