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WUNC's education coverage is led by reporters Dave Dewitt and Reema Khrais. Dewitt has been with the station since 2003. Khrais is focused on Education Policy Reporting. Browse recent stories here.

Appeals Court Rules Against Pitt County Schools

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court ruling that dealt with student assignment in Pitt County Schools. The 4th Circuit said the school district that serves the Greenville area did not adequately consider race when drawing attendance boundaries.

Dave DeWitt: Pitt County is one of a handful of school districts in North Carolina that is still under a federal desegregation order from the 1970s. As such, any major changes it makes to student assignment must consider race.

A black parents' group argued the district didn't do that when it adopted the most recent student assignment policy. A lower court found for Pitt County Schools, but the 4th Circuit has overturned that decision.

The court's decision was split, 2 to 1. They sent the case back to the lower court, with instructions that the Pitt County Schools must prove its student assignment plan moves toward a so-called "unitary" status of desegregation.

Dave DeWitt is WUNC's Feature News Editor. As an editor, reporter, and producer he's covered politics, environment, education, sports, and a wide range of other topics.
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