Coalition: Pitt Co. African American Children Aren't Getting Equal Education

The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children says there are clear signs African American students aren't getting an equal education in Pitt County.

The coalition invited the Pitt County Board of Education and the Greenville Parents Association to sit down and start talking
the achievement gap, suspension rate of African Americans, and how they're forced to miss school because they can't afford proper uniforms.

The coalition says they now have a court order that forces the other two parties to start making some changes...but those groups didn't show up.

The coalition's next step is to schedule another meeting which they hope to do in the next few weeks.

Pitt County School spokeswoman Heather Mayo says the school board did not attend the meeting because when it was originally planned the judge had not yet signed off on a mediation order and they didn't want to do anything illegal.

Mayo says now that the order is signed they will let the coalition help advise them, but the board will continue to lead discussions and make the decisions.


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  • by No pity for ignorance on Dec 8, 2009 at 10:58 PM
    It's amazing to see how some of these students act on court and in the stands...cursing,bad sportsmanship,wearing clothes way too small. There are those students who have such miserable home lives that they bring it into the school system by tormenting their peers. No wonder these children don't learn, too busy releasing anger on others. It's a sad situation and it goes back to the parents' involvment in their children's lives. We can only pray that this reality improves.
  • by opinion on Dec 3, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    It doesn't matter what color you are, you get the same amount of education you want to recieve. Uniforms were a bad idea in the first place but cannot help that now. I'm so tired of hearing about race. There are more important things in this world then color, so just get over yourselves and take responsibility for your actions and of your children's. If you don't have money then go get a job at Mc'D's because they will hire you so there is no excuse for not being able to pay for a polo and a nice pair of paints.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    How about the students who don't understand the homework and the parents that can't help them? How are we supposed to solve that problem.? My mother could not help me with my homework and sometimes it was hard to do. My teacher helped me the next day. So we need teachers more like that. Guess what? I am a black women who has came along way.
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Nov 25, 2009 at 01:19 AM
    to anon who posted on Nov 16 at 11:23: Excuse me but I tell my kids to keep up their appearance every day. I do not let my kids listen to Rock n Roll that speak of killing nor rap that speaks of violence. Not ALL black people are the same and, for sure, not all white people are the same. My kids do not text in school or they get punished, PERIOD. Speak of what you know and not what you assume. You know what they say about assuming?
  • by to anon who posted on Nov 16 at 11:23 on Nov 24, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    Cell phones, clothes ,and ipods have nothing to do with children learning. Some teachers treat children bad. Some of you still refuse to believe it, but wait until it happen to your kids. We never tell white kids to stop wearing dirty clothes or sneakers. Stop wearing your hair long and nasty. Stop listening to rock and roll or heavy metal(which also talk about violence). So don't tell our black kids what to do.
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Nov 22, 2009 at 11:41 PM
    Alpha: President Obama may "beg to differ" but the fact is that if say, your Mother is Korean and your father is Spanish then you are half Korean and half Spanish. The bottom line is that He is half white and half black. What is there to differ over???
  • by Alpha female's other duh moment Location: Lenoir Co on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    Alpha female we have something in common (amazing huh?). I had a Great Great Great Grandmother who was Native American. Hey we may be related. (rolling my eyes) Remember our President was raised by a white family and had little to no contact with his African father. (Remember when Jesse Jackson made the comment of Obama needing something 'cut off'?) He used the race card to win over 'some' (not all) of the voter's. However Netherland people are what color? Remember America is known as the melting pot of all races. Interesting you had a white husband. Are your children half white? I am just trying to pull all the pieces of your distorted puzzles of your posts.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:46 AM
    To:Duh moment: You may consider President Obama "half white", but I'm sure he would beg to differ. My father is Native American... He is of first people... I am of the proud Tribe of Gad. Genesis 49:19 Gad. My mother's mother's ancestors are from the Netherlands Antilles. All brown people aren't from Africa. But to clear up your statement... no there isn't a little European in me. That stopped once I divorced my white husband!
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:54 AM
    Isn't it funny how when people hear someone say we have a black President they respond with "He's half white?" But when you speak of President Obama being in the White House the same ones say, "We don't need a black President?"
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:52 AM
    Marc Summers: LOL, rookie
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