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.

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