Judge Rules Pitt County Redistricting Plan Is Fair, Legal

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The court decision many in Pitt county have been waiting for came down Tuesday night affecting school kids and parents who are just weeks away from heading to class.

A judge ruled the new redistricting plan for Pitt county students can move forward.

Federal Judge Malcolm Howard listened to the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children argue Tuesday against the plan, saying it creates racial isolation.

Attorneys for the school system said it's a good plan that looks to increase student performance.

Tuesday night Judge Howard ruled against delaying implementation of the redistricting plan, saying the policy complies with the school board's obligation under a 1970 desegregation court order. The court said the record reveals the school board utilized a methodical, reasonable, and race-neutral process in developing the reassignment plan.

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  • by Anon Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:01 AM
    I attended pitt county schools, I'm black and I'm a student at ECU. I agree at times the system is flawed but what system isn't? the problem with PCS are the students. most of the student are there for an education but, the teachers are constantly having to stop their lessons to discipline a minority of students who aren't there for an education these students who are black, white, and any other ethnicity you can think of take away from the quality of teaching we as students get. I can't count the number of times my teacher had to stop their lesson to discipline a student for uniform, cell phones, fighting, etc. I love college because the people who are here are here for an education their are no fights during class, no one talking while the teacher is,basically no one to disturb the lesson of the professor
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    So what is your excuse for non-minority children in Pitt County? None of these students seem to be academic super stars and all of the schools seem to under-perform significantly.
  • by Sean Location: Greenville on Aug 17, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    Many whites deal with racism every week. I am white and many blacks make it clear that they don't like me. Blacks tell me what I can and can not say. Yet they can call other blacks N word and it's perfectly fine. If I say I don't like Obama's politics I'm labeled a racist. A few years ago the Black Panther party blocked some white people from voting in Philly but they let the black people go on in and vote. These are just a few examples folks. Stop screaming racist at everyone! You are the pot calling the kettle black. Take responsibility for yourselves and your children & stop calling yourselves victims. Stop holding yourselves back & denying your children a brighter future.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    One of my biggest issues with redistricting is that it is not fair to the kids or the parents who buy their homes in certain areas because of the school they want their kids to go to. School is not a magical place where kids go and get knowledge pumped into their heads, you have to work to learn how to read, do math, and do well in school. THIS STARTS AT HOME! Don't blame the school system for kids not getting a proper education, if you as a parent are to sorry to make sure you child is learning as much as possible and helping them along the way then what do you expect?
  • by Benny on Aug 17, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    The Pitt Co. C.E.B.C. doesn't care about the education of ALL children, therefore I can not support their action. Perhaps they should look at the real problems facing the Black Community. Young, uneducated mothers having kids with no father around for support....and expecting a handout from the government. It's time to "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" and remember, "home is where the story begin."
  • by Teresa on Aug 17, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    If you have never been a victim of racism then you really don't know how it feels. In the end the same people will have a higher power to deal with. When you look at the motive, redistricting is trying to limit how many blacks go to the schools and how many republicans or democrats will be in a certain area. In the long run all of their efforts will backfire because God's will will be done in this earth and not man's. If you get to heaven it will be every color there. If you can't get along down here on earth, you will have a mixture of races in hell too. In another 10 years the races will be really mixed up. It will get even beautiful for all to see. Stop trying to change what God created. We are all of one race and that is the human race. Every time man messes with something God has done it corrupts it. So leave it alone.
  • by Anon on Aug 17, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    The problem is groups like Pitt Co Coalition for Educating Black Children have good intentions. They want a good quality education for black children right? The issue is they place blame on the system. Somehow they think the system doesn't provide the same quality education as white children even though they are in the same classroom with the same teachers. Have they ever stopped and asked these children if their own parents have ever read them a book or if they even own books? A good quality education starts at home. You don't have to have a college education or be a rocket scientist to be able to teach your children something. Read them a book when they are young. Take them to the library. Ask them what they are learning in school. You can't expect to just throw them on the bus and they return full of wonderful knowledge without any work or help on your part. It doesn't matter what the redistricting lines look like, that's the solid cold hard truth. A parent is a child's most important teacher. These groups need to redirect their focus on programs that help these young parents be better role models and parents to their children.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 at 06:43 AM in reply to Anon
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      by Grace; Winterville on Aug 17, 2011 at 06:55 AM in reply to Anon
      Anon: I couldn't have said it better myself. While I agree with every word you said, please understand that the NAACP and this PCCEBC would much rather blame the system than to blame the parents for not being involved in their children's lives, not showing up for parent/teacher conferences, and using the TV or XBOX as a babysitting service. Someone said a great thing here yesterday: Children are a gift from god, and so many of these kids are left behind. It's time to stop blaming the teachers, as they do so much already and their hands are tied by administration that is afraid to stand their ground and parents that feel that school is free babysitting rather than an opportunity to advance in this world. It starts at home, and it starts the minute they take a breath of oxygen on this earth. You mold your children, foster good habits, and guide them so they will have the OPPORTUNITY to be successful in this world. You can't start this at 5 years old, 10, 15. So many parents blame the system because they don't want to do the most important job they will ever have, and that is to be a great parent.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 17, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    I think that the Pitt Co. Coalition for Educating Black Children need to not worry so much about where the children go to school but work with the community and families to implement programs to help underprivileged youth, be they Black, White, Latino, etc. better themselves.
  • by FedUp! Location: Pitt on Aug 17, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    Finally the courts had the guts to stand up to a racist hate group! I hope that the Pitt Co. Coallition for the Education for Black Children got the point. Its not just about educating their children its about educating all of the children in Pitt County. If they want to bus children all over the county maybe they can raise the funds for the county to afford it!!!
  • by Great on Aug 16, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Great and now Oz you can turn your energy to help the schools be successful.
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