Pitt Co Schools cleared by court ruling

Pitt Co Schools cleared by court ruling (Image 1)

The United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals cleared Pitt County Schools of needing federal oversight when redistricting on Tuesday.

The ruling upholds a September 2013 lower court decision siding with the school board over unitary status.

Parents and advocacy groups had sued in 2006 saying even after desegregation orders, redistricting created minority-heavy schools.

Before 2013’s decision, the district followed a desegregation order from 1965 to 1972 and then went under a “watch” period.

In 2006 and 2011, parent associations filed federal complaints.

“This is welcomed news for our school district and a great day for students, staff, and the entire community,” Pitt County Board of Education Chairman Worth Forbes said. “We have worked diligently to build one great school system, and it is good to see that the appeals court recognized those efforts.”

The Fourth Circuit decision was 2-1.

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