Thursday, November 10, 2005

School Board News

Acc. to NBC 29
"On November 21st, Charlottesville city councilors will hold a public hearing on the subject of ward systems"

The voters have to be involved in the setup of an elected school board every step of the way. Let's see how sausage is made and go to the City Council meeting to be part of the process (I hope it isnt too gory).

Recruiting for quality school board candidates needs to start now- do we have any suggestions? Has anyone expressed an interest? How does the City feel about a ward system? The current Council is at-large.

The Registrar, Sheri L. Iachetta is quick to point out the Justice Department has to approve any changes in the at-large/ward system- does anyone have any doubt they would approve any changes?

When was the last time the Justice Dept rejected a localities system based on civil rights concerns?. According to MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CITY OF CHELSEA,MASSACHUSETTS AND THE UNITED STATES "The usual and appropriate remedy for at-large methods of election that dilute minority voting strength in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act is the drawing of districting plans that do not dilute minority voting strength" The Memorandum of Understanding between the locality and DOJ requires the locality to institute a ward system for its school committee so the Hispanic vote is not diluted. Looks like DOJ would approve of a ward system so long as the minority vote is strengthened not diluted. Would this be a positive change for the City?

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