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 SCLC/Tarrant County President Rev. Kyev Tatum               Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Melody Johnson

Fort Worth ISD Out Of Control?
SCLC/Fort Worth Calls for Federal Help to Deal with Alleged Civil Rights Violations, Issues & Retaliation Concerns
Darwin Campbell

Civil Rights or Hostile Environment for students at Arlington Heights High School?
Fort Worth-Snapshots into the Fort Worth ISD has uncovered some jaw dropping details about a school district that appears to be functioning more like a soap opera than an education system for children.

One report paints grim pictures of one school campus is out of control, where students are being mistreated and retaliated against, a teacher and supervisor allegedly had a sexual relationship, and where thefts went unreported and student attendance records were changed.

That constant turmoil and more recent reports detailing the troubles in the district has Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Tarrant County President Rev. Kyev Tatum saying enough is enough!!

"This cannot and must not be allow to continue. The situation is critical and something must be done now," Tatum said."Due to the hostile and unsafe school environment for students and staff, we are requesting immediate relief from this discrimination."

Tatum and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Fort Worth SCLC) is filing more complaints of misconduct against the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) alleging discrimination on the basis of race, national origin and retaliation in pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 42 U.S.C. 2000d, and its implementation regulation at 34 C.F. R. Part 100 (2010).

Tatum said the district is out of control and needs to restore the education system to the  highest standards of integrity and professionalism expected by every parent who has children enrolled in the Fort Worth ISD.

Fort Worth Superintendent Melody Johnson is aware of the latest report, but has not met with Tatum to formally discussed the matter with SCLC officials.

In a letter to Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, team leader Charlene Furr, Tatum outlines a list of concerns and issues about the district and specifically alleges that the FWISD took the following actions:
  1. Discriminated against African-American and Hispanic students during the 2009-2010 school year, on the basis of race and national origin, when they were sanctioned more severely for disciplinary offenses than white students who committed similar offenses with regard to suspensions, truancy, and altercations at Arlington Heights High School;
  2. Falsified attendance records for white students at Arlington Heights High School (i.e., giving them preferential treatment) which allowed them to graduate during school year 2009-2010;
  3. Retaliated against teachers and administrators at Arlington Heights High School during the 2009-2010 school year because they advocated for the rights of African-American and Hispanic students;
  4. Subjected employees at Arlington Heights High School to discriminatory and unprofessional treatment on the basis of race, national origin, and sexual orientation during the school year 2009-2010.
The Fort Worth SCLC also is monitoring the district activities and continues to call for a federal investigation into the illegal actions and official oppression of the Fort Worth Independent School District, Dr. Melody Johnson, Board President Ray Dickerson, and Board Trustee Judy G. Needham. 

According to Tatum, the Texas Education Agency in a letter date on August 24, 2010, and postmarked September 20, 2010 refused to investigate the complaint based on their lack of jurisdiction over these matters.

"Therefore, based on that letter, the group filed another complaint within 60 days of the TEA response and are requesting the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights to investigate the latest complaint," Tatum said.

Tatum added that the group also has adequate documentation to prove all of the allegations against the district.

"This report only scratches the surface because many of our minority students and staff, present and pass, civil rights have been violated for years within the district and the district's administration and senior leadership are in a state of denial and we are not talking about a river in Egypt," Tatum said."We are tired of the racism and being treated less than human in Fort Worth, Texas."

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Affordable Housing Hits South Fort Worth
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The NRP Group in partnership with the Fort Worth Housing Authority have come together to open Woodmont Apartment Homes, an affordable housing community.

The new development is located approximately five miles south of downtown Fort Worth and marks the first affordable housing development to open near the central business district in the last two years.

The 252-unit development - located off I-35 south - offers residents the choice of one, two, three or four bedroom floor plans. The footprint also includes an exercise facility, play areas for children and a community pool.

In addition, this new neighborhood is located convenient to Fort Worth ISD schools as well as accessible to The T and retailers and grocers. Woodmont marks the first of three housing communities in the Fort Worth housing market over the next five years for The NRP Group.

Councilmember Kathleen Hicks said she’s proud of this new development in an important part of Fort Worth that’s ripe for new develpoment.

“I am especially excited of the public/private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, NRP Group and the Fort Worth Housing Authority,” said Hicks. “It is partnerships like these that make all the difference in realizing projects that add to the renaissance of District 8.”

Financial partners involved in the apartment community included Bank of America, Oak Grove Capital and Stewart Title. The property was designed and engineered by Alamo Architects and Bury + Partners (engineering firm). Other partners include Coats Rose and Novogradac & Company. 

“Woodmont appeals to a segment of people who work in or around downtown and need affordable housing options,” said Dan Markson, The NRP Group Senior Vice President. “The NRP Group is excited about its future in the Fort Worth market and looks forward to becoming a community partner in the growth and advancement of this thriving area.”