As it stands, the school is conveniently placed between two low-income housing areas here in Jacksonville. A few years back, I recall that the Jacksonville City School System elected to ban worn and tattered clothing, a policy that targeted the poor. With this move, the poor will suffer yet another potentially crippling setback in their children’s education.
If a child from, say, Eastwood or the Mill Village, missed the bus, they could simply walk to school. When the elementary school changes location, walking to school for such children will require a lengthy and dangerous navigation of Alabama 21. We must make sure that the poorest and most vulnerable of our residents have equal access to education. Why is the Jacksonville Board of Education so openly hostile to the poor?