A brief filed on Tuesday by the plaintiffs in the Pitt County Schools unitary status case describes reasons for the appeal.
Filed by Mark Dorosin with the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, the brief lists “several fundamental legal errors” in Judge Malcolm Howard’s ruling issued on Sept. 23 that the school system had achieved unitary status, should be released from a 1970 federal court desegregation order, and that the 2011-12 redistricting was legal although it still was under the desegregation order at the time it was imposed.
“First, (the ruling) eliminated the need for the board to prove that it had complied in good faith with the orders of the court supervising desegregation,” Dorosin wrote in the brief. “For that failure of proof alone, the decision granting unitary status must be reversed.
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