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Schools' unitary status challenged

A group representing the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children is challenging a court ruling that Pitt County Schools provides equal education to all students regardless of their race.

By Katherine Ayers

The Daily Reflector

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A court ruling that Pitt County Schools provides equal education to all students regardless of their race is being challenged.

A group representing the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children on Friday filed a notice that it will appeal the Sept. 12 ruling in the Pitt County Schools unitary status case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Signed by Mark Dorosin, a lawyer with the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights and lead counsel for the coalition, the notice was filed in U.S. District Court for Eastern N.C.

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*as i thought--you think you

*as i thought--you think you don't think you got as much money as the other folks. same old complaint. throwing money at this won't help. parents raising their children to respect adults, authority, learning, is what is needed. and this seems to be something your people refuse to change...or refuse even to admit this is the problem.

Free speech welcome

There will always be people who accuse people of action like myself of having ulterior motives. They will make un-reasoned statements without any basis in fact. They will rant and mud sling because that is what they do. They don't have a real contribution to a solution to the problems. They don't even genuinely understand the issues. They are part of the problem. But, because we live in a free democratic society, they are entitled to their say no matter how misinformed, ignorant, foolish, or mean spirited.

*rev hall--those "groups"

*rev hall--those "groups" support your empty cause because they are race baiters and that's how they make money. *again--what specifically can pitt country do to solve this? *again--why were the students at your own school so unsuccessful? *as eric holder--DOJ--would say...at your school, you had "your people", teachers and students of your choice, at least some freedom of how and what was taught, an opportunity to encourage/educate "your people" on what should be done at home to get a student ready to learn . you had it all in your hands for a number of years and still your students failed. what is it that sitting in a school with a child of different race would make a difference? if you CANNOT be specific, how can the so-called problems be solved? *your arguments are so lame i can't believe you'd bring this up for our pitt country schools to deal with again. you don't care about what students need. you follow the money in these matters.

Let have a reasoned discussion

No. The school was under-resourced and targeted as retaliation for our speaking out on behalf of both Black and white students. No one in the Black community believes that Black students can only learn when they are educated along side of White students. What we know is that when Black students are segregated they are under-resourced. None of the individuals or groups involved in this case are making financial gain. We fight because right is right. From your comments it does not appear you have the basis to even have a reasonable conversation about this.

Ozie needs to clean up his

Ozie needs to clean up his own backyard.

Pam Ward

Well stated Pam. Rev Hall has done nothing to educate our children and you and your family have worked tirelessly.

Rev. Hall

Although I understand your cause, learning begins at home. In many cases, parents are not involved enough in their child's education. I feel confident enough in my parenting that no matter whether my child is at a school where blacks are the majority (which they do now at South Greenville) or at a majority white school(Like they used to attend) they will make good grades, respect their teachers, and enjoy learning. It is insulting to think that a black child can only do good when they have another race sitting beside them, because other factors such as the home environment are involved. I think your group would have a better impact by volunteering at the schools, starting an afterschool program, recruiting more black males in teaching positions or coming up with ways to get parents more involved in their child's education. Is our school board or system perfect, of course not, but you cannot just blame unitary status for the problems facing the education of our black children. My father was Dr. Matthew Ward, who was a school board member before his death in 2012, we did not always see eye to eye on the decisions made by the board, but we both cared about making sure the children in his district would get the best education. I see the same thing with your group and myself, I think that you have good intentions as do I, but we have different ways of solving the problems. My prayer is that all North Carolina children get a good education and be able to compete not only on a national level, but a global one.

Thank you for your comments

The North Carolina Constitution, like most State Constitutions, requires that public schools provide all students a sound basic education. This requirement is not contingent upon parental support. It is generally accepted that a significant percentage of students will never have adequate parental support for various reasons. Mentors, tutors, volunteers and so forth are a necessary part of the solution. What we are fighting is something completely different. We are fighting systemic issues that the local school board can control. For example, Sadie Saulter Elementary School was first racially segregated. Then, it was under-resourced by the Pitt County Board of Education and the school district administration. There became a 15-20 point achievement gap even between Black students from Sadie Saulter and all the other elementary schools in the city limits. On analysis, Sadie Saulter had only one Nationally Board Certified Teacher as compare to between 5 and 11 at all the other schools. Sadie Saulter had a significantly lower percentage of teachers with advanced degrees and longevity. Literally, hundreds of thousands of dollars more was expended on core instruction at the other schools. The evidence shows that Sadie Saulter failed because it was first racially segregated and then under-resourced. The school district's 2011 student assignment plan is now doing the same thing to Lakeforest Elementary School as it did to Sadie Saulter. This is not an issue of parental support of the students. This is a civil rights issue of overt racial discrimination and under-resourcing of Black students by the board of education. Unfortunately, the Black school board members unwittingly have allowed this to occur. I volunteered in West Greenville for 5 years working with hundreds of children. We had about 50 volunteers from the Black Student Union who helped us with tutoring and mentoring. We have seen what's going on first hand.

I also see what is going on

I also see what is going on first hand sir, like I stated I have children who attend South Greenville. I also attended Sadie Saulter from kindergarten through fourth grade, when they redistricted to gain unitary status back in the 90's. I lived in Greenville, but went to Wintergreen, A.G. Cox and graduated from D. H. Conley when I lived in a house down the street from Rose. I walked to school everyday from Battle Street to Sadie Saulter, so as you can see I grew up in West Greenville. Now, I would not dare let my children walk in that area. Sadie Saulter failed because most white parents did not want their children in that area because of the violence that was occurring and continuing to occur. I did not want Sadie Saulter to close, it was a school that I loved and have always held dear to my heart. It doesn't matter how much education a teacher has, if he/she has to spend 95 percent of his/her time dealing with behavioral issues. A child isn't going to be focusing on what the teacher is saying when they have problems in the home. Also, some teachers have the education and are just bad teachers. Like I said, we can agree to disagree, but we still have the same goals to make sure the children get the best education. I am just not the type of person to wait for somebody to hand me a few crumbs when I can make me a loaf of bread, that is why my kids are taught at school and at home. God Bless!

Chittlins

Do you think the recent hiring of Black school Principals and Assistant Principals, the efforts to hire more Black teachers, and the efforts to make accommodation for Black children is the result of benevolence? No, it is the pressure exerted from the lawsuit and civil rights complaints. We are taking necessary action. Unfortunately, the beneficiaries of our work will never openly acknowledge because of fear. That's okay. Racism is alive and well today and impacts our communities. We understand this. Blaming Black parents shows a lack of insight into how our neighborhoods came to be as they are. Properly resourced schools are making a major difference in other parts of the nation. We won't ever get those in Pitt County if we hide our heads in the sand and disregard the real facts. When the decision to close Sadie Saulter was made nearly all the houses on Fleming Street had been razed to the ground by the City of Greenville. Bureau of Justice Center and Greenville City Police data directly contradicts what you say about the Saide Saulter area. It seems you too are the victim of racist propaganda. You say its "doesn't matter how much education a teacher has..." You give them license to disregard our children and given them lower quality teachers. Your belief is not supported by the research data and empirical evidence. The more experienced, more educated teacher usually is much better at handling children who need a disciplined environment. They are more creative in teaching methods to accommodate students whose families did not provide structure. We are not waiting for crumbs. It appears that your position is completely selfish. Your not making a loaf of bread, you are eating raw chittlins. Some of our children don't have parents they can count on to help them. Those are the ones we are fight for. I don't think we are fighting for the same thing. Don't be offended, I speak the truth in love. Be Blessed!

Rev Hall

How do you propose Pitt County School educate All children? It is my understanding from the data that students in your own school which is now closed scored lower than those in all surrounding counties including Pitt. When you look at just black scores yours were also lower. I keep wandering how you expect Pitt to educate what you could not. Please tell us why you were not successful.

Consider the facts

Kinston Charter Academy was 95 Black and 97 percent free or reduced price lunch population. KCA was open for 9 years. For 8 years, KCA significantly out performed both Lenoir County Public Schools and Pitt County Public Schools when you isolate data and compare the same population of Black students in poverty. KCA has one low performing year. It was the year that KCA received over 60 new Pitt County School students. It was also the year that KCA's class size nearly double after the school had over $1 million illegally withheld by the local school district. The local school district also built two new schools with over 1,000 capacity and told us they intended to cause our school to have to shut down. They recruited our best teachers and paid them more than our financially troubled school could pay. The teachers recruited our best students. We accepted the challenge to work with all students that came to us from Pitt County regardless of their situation. Those students did remarkably better than they had previously done in Pitt County Schools. Now, we propose to educate all children by first assuring that resources are equitable. Second, we believe that culturally responsive teacher training and re-training are a necessary part of reforming the system. If teachers do not receive adequate training to teach a diverse student population research demonstrates that the minority students will suffer most by experiencing achievement gaps, high suspension rates, high dropout rates, low SAT scores, and so forth. Its a function of teacher quality. This is what is happening in Pitt County Schools. Because Pitt County Schools has failed to equitable distribute resources or provide adequate teacher training and -retraining in CRT we have no choice but to challenge in court. We have always been open to negotiation with the school board to resolve these issues. They chose court over negotiation. We are simply standing up for what is right and in the best interest of the students.

Consider the facts

Kinston Charter Academy was 95 Black and 97 percent free or reduced price lunch population. KCA was open for 9 years. For 8 years, KCA significantly out performed both Lenoir County Public Schools and Pitt County Public Schools when you isolate data and compare the same population of Black students in poverty. KCA has one low performing year. It was the year that KCA received over 60 new Pitt County School students. It was also the year that KCA's class size nearly double after the school had over $1 million illegally withheld by the local school district. The local school district also built two new schools with over 1,000 capacity and told us they intended to cause our school to have to shut down. They recruited our best teachers and paid them more than our financially troubled school could pay. The teachers recruited our best students. We accepted the challenge to work with all students that came to us from Pitt County regardless of their situation. Those students did remarkably better than they had previously done in Pitt County Schools. Now, we propose to educate all children by first assuring that resources are equitable. Second, we believe that culturally responsive teacher training and re-training are a necessary part of reforming the system. If teachers do not receive adequate training to teach a diverse student population research demonstrates that the minority students will suffer most by experiencing achievement gaps, high suspension rates, high dropout rates, low SAT scores, and so forth. Its a function of teacher quality. This is what is happening in Pitt County Schools. Because Pitt County Schools has failed to equitable distribute resources or provide adequate teacher training and -retraining in CRT we have no choice but to challenge in court. We have always been open to negotiation with the school board to resolve these issues. They chose court over negotiation. We are simply standing up for what is right and in the best interest of the students.

Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

Interestingly, Black students are about 48 percent of all Pitt County School students. Of 243 drop outs, 151 or 62 percent were Black. Of 7,988 suspension, about 6,298 or 78 percent were Black students. About 80.1 percent of White students passed both reading and math end of grade test, only 44.2 percent of Black students passed. A 35.9 percent achievement gap. There is a 205 point achievement gap in SAT scores. Many Pitt County residents assume the school district is doing a fine job of educating all students. No so. There is a substantial body of data that shows Black students that are underachieving have been segregated by race and under-resourced by the school district. It's a complex equation that is difficult for some to understand. Many don't understand with the facts staring them right in the face. Why would the UNC Center for Civil Rights, the National Lawyer's Committee on Civil Right, the Decher Law Firm, and a host of supporters across the nation support the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children fight in court to secure the rights of future generations of Black children? Why would they strive to improve the quality of education for all children? Is it so difficult to believe that some people fight for right, because it is right to do right? I am praying that God will open your eyes are remove the evil from your hearts. I am praying for your souls.

*I was under the impression

*I was under the impression this had already been settled. *agree that money for a few is at the root. *soo says at this stage, they don't have to tell the why? because there is no why. and it has to be created over the next few months? they must mean it must be formulated or made up. *someone---please be specific--what do you want? exactly, what is so unfair about ed for black/white students in pitt co. how long can this go on?

Who Pays Them?

Mark Dorosin, a lawyer with the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights and lead counsel for the coalition, the notice was filed in the Eastern N.C. District Court. WHO PAYS THIS LAWYER WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR CIVIL RIGHTS? I am assuming the Coalition is the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children? Where are they getting money to fund this? Black and white children don't win! Just takes money out of Pitt County!

Plaintiffs Smell Money...

Pitt County Schools does a fine job with kids, regardless of their race. The lawyers filing this suit work for people who smell MONEY. What money? Well, probably there's a multimillion dollar grant out there. And the CROOKS at the Pitt Coalition for Educating Black Children want some of it to buy new cars and fancy clothes. They're stealing from black children in order to enrich THEMSELVES. This has nothing--NOTHING--to do with the kids.

"New Cars", "Fancy Clothes" Those Code

words are so old Army Nurse. Can't you come up with something more original to express your racism? The era of white male privilege is coming to an end. Aren't you glad you still have your guns?

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