Bertie County Schools Close Desegregation Case

Officials with a rural North Carolina school district said a federal judge has agreed to close a four-decade-old desegregation case.

Bertie County Schools Superintendent Chip Zullinger and attorney Carolyn Waller said Judge Terrence Boyle on Thursday agreed to sign an order declaring the school district had eliminated what remained of its history of legal discrimination.

The school district has been under a federal court order to end classroom segregation of the races for 41 years.

University of North Carolina School of Government professor Michael Crowell said few school systems have tried to close desegregation cases in recent years.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Oh my Location: the other side of reality on Aug 28, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    Neo, your thinly veiled comment regarding putting students in the "true high performers" classes to achieve racial balance it completely and blatantly racist. You imply that students of one race are more intelligent than another race. I'm sure you believe that one race is more athletic than another, and one race genetically prone to crime or other such fallacy. If you are in reality, I prefer to remain our of your reality. Students of all races are both highly intelligent and highly unintelligent. I'm sure you were appalled by the decision to allow both races to use the same water fountain, or ride on the bus too.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:41 PM
    This means that Bertie County either stopped grouping kids based on ability or they put a system in place to cause some students to appear more able than they really are so they can put them in classrooms with the true high performers in order to get the racial balance that the government demands. In other words they lie and fudge grades because they have to in order to keep the federal government out of their backsides.
  • by ?? on Aug 27, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    What does this mean? Does it mean that there are no rules as to how kids are grouped for school? Would this do away with busing kids across the county?
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