Troy City Schools Moving Forward After Lawsuit


By Sarah Cantey

 Today marks the end of summer for students at Troy City Schools.    

It's also the first class of students since a lawsuit claimed there was segregation in the elementary schools. 
The lawsuit filed last year claims parents having the ability to request teachers created segregated classrooms at Troy Elementary School. After settling the lawsuit, those parent request forms are no more.
This year school administrators worked with the office of civil rights to show their class assignments comply with the settlement. 
Last year there were nine out of 56 classes with all black students. This year there are none. 
Superintendent Lee Hicks said, "We feel like this is one thing that we can put behind us now and that we are going to make sure that our students are our number one priority and we keep that instruction top level"
Councilwoman Dejerilyn Henderson, who was a driving force behind the lawsuit said, "I think a good faith effort has been made. And I pray and hope that it will now become part of the institution of learning within the Troy City School system."
In the settlement agreement, it was stated that all black classrooms may remain because the racial demographic of the district is roughly 62 percent african american and 32 percent caucasian. 
Bu, the superintendent says increased enrollment this year has also helped them make all classes integrated. 
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