Gardendale School Board Appeals Federal Court Ruling, Asks for Full Control of All Schools in the City Right Away
Lawyers for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and for the Gardendale Board of Education agree on something.
They both want Gardendale’s takeover of two elementary schools in the city to be delayed by federal courts.
The Gardendale board filed two motions Tuesday. One informed the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to cross-appeal a federal judge’s decision allowed the new system to take over operation of the two schools for the coming academic year. The other asked the original judge to stay her own ruling, delaying the order’s implementation until the board’s appeal and that of the NAACP are handled by the appellate court.
Gardendale is appealing Haikala’s late April ruling because it feels she should have ruled entirely in its favor, allowing it to take control of all four JefCoEd schools inside the city’s limits, including Gardendale High and Bragg Middle schools.
The NAACP, on the other hand, is asking for a stay so it can argue that Gardendale shouldn’t be able allowed to take control of any of the schools. Read more.
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Read Haikala’s May 9 order
Read Hiakala’s initial ruling.