North Division committee calls for independent African-American board to run failing school

North Division stakeholders, including Dr. Howard Fuller (front center), discuss the school’s future. (Photo by Ryeshia Farmer)

As North Division High School transitions to a “community school” in the fall, a group of stakeholders is calling for an independent school board made up of African-Americans to run the once-proud school, which now is ranked one of the worst in the state. A variety of efforts during the past several decades have failed to raise academic achievement.

A recent meeting organized by North Division’s Call to Action Committee, a group of alumni, students and neighborhood residents, was called to discuss the “community-controlled” school model, which supporters say incorporates the elements of a community school, but would be run by an independent school board…

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