Professor testifies on second day of segregation trial in Pitt County

Jul. 23, 2013 @ 09:26 PM

GREENVILLE — A college sociology professor testified Tuesday that he thought the Pitt County school board achieved, maintained and tried to repair racial disparities with the system.

The second day of testimony for David Armor of George Mason University came during a hearing on the ongoing dispute over efforts to desegregate schools in the eastern North Carolina county.

Four school principals and an assistant superintendent of human resources for the school system also testified at the hearing.

Pitt County is looking to be released from a 1970 court order that required officials to desegregate the schools. The order lay dormant until a group of Greenville parents challenged the 2005 redistricting plan.

The parents argue that the school system had been running an unequal school system for blacks and whites for years and shouldn't have to continually shuffle students to create an equal mix of races. The school district also is trying to prove that the 2011-12 redistricting plan was constitutional under the desegregation order.