Does Redistricting Really Mean Re-Segregating?

Around 20 community members in Pitt County met to discuss their concerns with the school board’s recent decision to redistrict schools in the area.

Recently the Pitt County school board voted 7 to 4 to certain redistricting plans.

The group that met is concerned that the redistricting really means re-segregating.

Ozie Hall, who is with the Coalition for Educating Black children says, “The three schools that will be re-segregated as black schools will have a low performance composite, will be high poverty, and be racially identifiable schools."

But Pitt County school board member Worth Forbes says that is not true. Forbes says, “I believe in schools that are made of neighborhood students who live closest to the school should attend that particular school."

The concerned group has decided to take action. Hall says, “The group actually voted to file an office of civil rights complaint and ask the office of civil rights to compel to Pitt County Schools, to either have it reviewed by the court or for them to make their own independent judgment."

Meanwhile Forbes says he is meeting with the President of the Pitt County NAACP in March to hear his concerns.

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