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Federal Judge rules in favor of Pitt County Schools in Unitary Status case

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A judge has sided with Pitt County Schools in a federal case involving the Pitt County Coalition to Educate Black Children.

The court granted the School Board’s motion for declaration of Unitary Status Wednesday morning. This means they will no longer require federal supervision when it comes to desegregation.

Read the decision here.

Over the summer, a group of parents challenged the School Board.  They maintain a 2011 student reassignment plan actually had the opposite effect and re-segregated several schools in the district.

It's a case that's been continued for decades.

In the 1960's, a federal district court found Pitt County Schools was violating students constitutional rights. The court approved initial desegregation plans but the lawsuit was dormant for years.

Since then, "Everett Vs. Pitt County Schools" has been reopened several times.

“The School Board has proven that the vestiges of state-mandated discrimination practiced over forty years ago have been eliminated to the extent practicable and that the School Board, as well as its predecessor boards, has complied in good faith with this court's desegregation orders and possesses a good faith commitment to the eradication of discrimination in its schools,” Judge Malcolm Howard said in his order.
 

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