Pitt schools segregation lawsuit in federal court

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers are set to square off in federal court over whether the effects of racial segregation persist in an eastern North Carolina school system.

A trial is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenville in the case of Everett v. Pitt County Board of Education.

A group of black parents represented by the UNC Center for Civil Rights will ask the court to reverse a 2011 student assignment plan they say effectively resegregated several schools in the district.

Lawyers for the Pitt schools will ask a judge to rule that the district has achieved "unitary status," meaning the "vestiges of past discrimination have been eliminated to the extent practicable."

The designation would end federal oversight of the Pitt schools, in place since the 1960s.

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