Pitt County school desegregation trial opens

Jul 22, 2013

INTRO – A trial surrounding racial assignment policies in the Pitt County School system gets underway today. George Olsen has more.

A group of African American parents and the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children filed suit seeking the reversal of a Pitt County Schools student assignment plan they claim has resegregated several district schools. They also object to Pitt County Schools seeking a new status under federal law claiming they’ve eliminated the effects of past racial segregation. This is the first major case since 1999 in the state where a school system seeks so-called “unitary status” to get out from under court supervision. Pitt County Schools were found in federal court in the 1960s to be operating a racially segregated system. That case was re-opened in 2008, ultimately leading to this trial. I’m George Olsen.