The first day of school also coincides with a meeting of a group calling the achievement gap between black students and their white and Hispanic peers a "crisis."
The Pitt County coalition for educating black children will meet tonight at 6:30 at the C.M. Eppes Recreation Center on Nash Street in Greenville.
The coalition says black students are "more likely to receive an inferior quality of education, drop out, or get suspended for minor infractions that are subjectively determined mostly by white, middle class female teachers."
The agenda includes an update on the litigation about changes to desegregation requirements for the Pitt County School System.