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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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 22, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    Forbes is right. It's obvious that they should have the kids go to the closest school to their home. Think about the difference in the amount of gas spent each week, especially with the way the economy is struggling. I don't care what color the person is. Also another thing, how about cut out the standardized tests. Those things mean nothing for the students and only waste taxpayers money.
  • by BeTheChange Location: Greenviille on Feb 22, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    When Ozzie and your coalition for educating black children focus on the real problem, you will get real changes. Statistics show improvement when the classes are racially balanced ~ but that is skewed.It is about what you do at home.It is not my childs job to fix what is wrong here.It doesn't make a kids smarter or learn better if their score offsets anothers ~ it is the dumbing down of America!The teachers cannot even teach due to the behavioral issues in schools ~ it is their job to educate not enforce discipline that should be at home.My childs school cannot be racially balanced ~ this is a community of different races!Have your coalition start volunteering in the schools (as I do) for at risk kids and be the CHANGE and inspire these young minds instead of spewing hate and racism.We are all AMERICANS ~ stop playing the race card and play the CHANGE card.It is too easy to point fingers rather than to step and and do the right thing ~ focus on the REAL issues!
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Feb 21, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    The fact that they have a group called the "Coalition for educating Black Children" is segregation in itself. Honestly, if you have a group just for Black children, you just segregated them. Black folks, can you believe that a leader of a black organization just all but said that you can't pull off good numbers on your own merits but have to have caucasian kids to get good numbers. Isn't that a stereotype? You should be in an uproar about that. Since he said it, I will say this, Blacks really do want segregation, United Negro College Fund, NAACP, Coalition for educating black kids, Congressional Black Caucus, etc. And honestly I wish they would segregate. Lets all join together, black and white, to be seperate.
  • by EASTERN_NC on Feb 21, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    White people are the most discriminated upon race – not black people. It is not right!! I am white and I have never owned any slaves, nor has my Father, nor my Grandfather, nor my Great Grandfather, etc… I do not deserve to be discriminated upon because of this! I have rights too NAACP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by FedUp!! Location: Pitt on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:12 AM
    Ozzie, why must your group always play that "Race" card? The county has tried bussing our kids all over the county in order to please your organization and now that isn't good enough! I say kids should go to school in the neighborhood they live and stop bussing our kids across town. We've been in 2 different schools in PCS and I will tell you that the neighborhood school is much better. There seems to be a pride in their school when its in their neighborhood!!!! Stop playing the "Race" card Rev. Oz and work on making our of our schools better!
  • by joe Location: pitt county on Feb 21, 2011 at 03:02 AM
    As long as there are organizations like the naacp there are going to be racial tension. Also as long as there are segregated neighborhoods you can't help but have segregated schools.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Feb 20, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    Ozie, Talk about bringing shame upon yourself and your race. To say that african american children can't make the same grades as whites is insulting and degrading. The playing field in the classroom is level and equal. It's the field outside the classroom that helps the child be successful that makes the difference. The fraternaties/sorities, churches, after/before school programs, Jump Start, Head Start, mentoring programs, psychological counseling programs, access to medical/dental care/free luch/breakfast, housing. All these liberal programs are set up to help at-risk youth and yet they seem to be all failing. WHY??? It's attitude in the home, the church, the community, the family, and desire to achieve that make the difference in the classroom. Remember the United Negro College Fund-a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Why are so many being wasted.
  • by mr ftfw Location: gville on Feb 20, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    This isn't resegregation and everyone should stop calling it that. Under segregation the students were segregated by law or policy and the schools that served black students purposely did not have the same level of financial and school system support as white schools. This won't be the case with the redistricted schools. What's really sad here is that Ozie Hall is once again making the argument that black children can't learn unless they are sitting with white children. That idea is utterly sad and stupid and he should know better. Mr. Forbes is right on this one and he should be given kudos for taking the time to talk to Mr. Hall, knowing very well that such a conversation will always be a monumental waste of time. Mr. Hall doesn't really want black children to do better because if they did he would no longer have a purpose to exist or the opportunity to spew his own hate and racism.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Feb 20, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Would it not be much easier and much cheaper just to bus the teachers?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2011 at 06:17 PM
    Despite what it is called, I think to redistrict the schools would inadvertenly resegregate schools. I mean, look at it, most inner city kids are black and thus the inner city school will be mostly if not all, black. The schools in the outskirts will be mostly, if not all white. It is what it is! Some kids won't stand a chance to get a fair education if they had to go to school based on their address. If its not broke, don't fix it!

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