Decatur High parent Okeeba Jubalo who, along with the Decatur NAACP, is hosting a public discussion on disproportionality and other issues tonight at 6 p.m. Courtesy of NobleSol.
Photo: For the AJC
Photo: For the AJC

Decatur High parent, NAACP hosting discussion on disproportionality

The Decatur NAACP and Decatur High parent Okeeba Jubalo are holding a public discussion on disproportionality and other issues 6 p.m. tonight inside the Ebster Gym, 105 Electric Ave., Decatur.

Jubalo was sharply critical of how City Schools Decatur officials handled a Nov. 10 altercation where he said his daughter and a friend were attacked by a group of five (according to the police report) girls. All seven girls involved are black, and two of the alleged attackers, a 17- and 18-year-old, were arrested.

Writing on CSD’s Facebook page shortly after the incident, Jubalo said that Decatur High Principal Arlethea Williams “refuses to deal with real issues … those ghetto rats across the tracks. I wish they would just bulldoze [the Allen Wilson Terrace public housing] and send them to DeKalb County or [Atlanta Public Schools].”

Jubalo has stated Decatur High has a gang problem, which he believes a “byproduct” of the gap between white and black students in reading, writing, math, attendance and discipline, among other issues.

Jubalo said Sunday night all these issues and others will be discussed Monday.

Decatur NAACP President Mawuli Davis spoke briefly during the public comment portion of a recent school board meeting saying that, “There is a chronic issue as it relates to minority learning. We need to stop it now and make sure it doesn’t go another year without a strategic plan.”

Decatur Superintendent David Dude told the AJC he was creating a “working group” to tackle disproportionality, but wasn’t yet sure of its size or when it would begin meeting.

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