Coalition of groups sues Halifax commissioners over schools

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 4:51 p.m.



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HALIFAX, N.C. (AP) — A coalition of advocacy groups and parents is suing the Halifax County commissioners over a three-district school system which the plaintiffs say divides children into "good" and "bad" school districts along racial lines.

The 38-page lawsuit was filed Monday in Halifax County Superior Court.

In their lawsuit, the groups say the commissioners have maintained an inefficient system that creates obstacles for local children that counters North Carolina's constitutional guarantee to all schoolchildren to the opportunity for a sound, basic education.

Also, the plaintiffs say that because of the county's tax distribution method, the system imposes a stigma of racial inferiority upon black students, undermining academic achievement and frustrating their access to quality educational resources.

Commission chairman Vernon J. Bryant said he would reserve comment until he has read the lawsuit.

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