Posted: Jan 23, 2013 6:58 AM
Source: Associated Press
AMITE - A Hammond group's show of unity and support for the Tangipahoa Parish school system exposed a deepening rift among school board members regarding possible modifications to the district's desegregation plan.
About 30 parents and community leaders attended the board's Tuesday meeting wearing purple to show their unity in demanding that the board swiftly address the system's problems and approve proposed changes to a court-ordered desegregation plan.
Proposed changes include clustering schools, creating regional attendance zones and increasing the number of magnet programs throughout the parish.
Board member Brett Duncan, who encouraged the demonstration, said the changes would negate the need to build three new schools, as required under the current plan, and would not require any new taxes.