A federal appeals court said that Pitt County Schools needs to more actively counter the vestiges of segregation when setting school attendance boundaries.
The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Monday vacating a decision by the district court allowing the school system to implement a boundary plan with demographically imbalanced schools in favor of sending students to a nearby campus.
Three judges issued a split opinion with the majority ordering the matter be sent back to the federal Eastern District Court of North Carolina, located in Greenville, where the school desegregation case has been ongoing since it was reactivated in 2008.
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