Opponents of Nashville’s new public school rezoning plan are rallying this Thursday, immediately before a meeting of community members able to formally propose changes to the plan.
The rezoning plan, which eliminates busing of students to schools out of their neighborhoods, was created by a Board of Education-appointed task force. The original plan created by the task force not only specifies details of student assignment for this coming school year, but also establishes that the task force will reconvene.
“The Community Task Force on Student Assignment will be a standing task force that meets at least twice per school year to monitor all aspects of the student assignment plan, including enrollment trends, financial resources, choice options, demographics, and programs at the schools to constantly monitor and evaluate the impact of the student assignment plan,” the plan reads.
On Thursday, the task force will reconvene for the first time since last summer. Plan opponents are slated to rally at 5 p.m. in advance of the meeting, and are asking that Nashville’s public school district defer implementation of the plan for another year, according to communications made by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The task force will reconvene at a public meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. Both events will take place at the Metro Nashville Public Schools central office, at 2601 Bransford Ave.