Deadline reached for racial student balance case in Pitt County
GREENVILLE — Attorneys have reached the deadline to file documents in a case to decide whether Pitt County schools have reached the goal of providing equal education regardless of race.
A group of black parents represented by the UNC Center for Civil Rights are asking a court to reverse a 2011 student assignment plan they say effectively re-segregated several county schools.
Mark Dorosin, the lead lawyer for the parents, said both sides would wait until Friday to file their findings.
"It's a fairly comprehensive document because we're trying to put in as much detail as possible," Dorosin said. "We wanted (as much time as possible) to make sure we comprehensively address the issues in this case."
Lawyers for the school system want a judge to rule that the district has achieved "unitary status," meaning signs of past discrimination have been eliminated to the "extent practicable." The designation would end federal oversight of the Pitt schools, in place since the 1960s.
Ken Soo and Deborah Stagner, the attorneys for the school system, argued that the school system had been running an equal, or unitary, district for the past 40 years. School system officials testified about the ways in which Pitt County Schools provides equal opportunities for all students through transportation, available classes and after-school activities.
The deadline for submitting documents was Friday. The newspaper reported that there was no immediate indication that the documents had been filed with the court.