The Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children will meet on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the C.M. Epps Recreation Center, 400 Nash Street, Greenville, North Carolina. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. Our guest will include Lea Aden, Esq. from the U.N.C. Center for Civil Rights who serves as one of the lawyers representing the Coalition in the Pitt County Schools litigation. The Agenda will include a community update on the status of the litigation and a discussion of emerging issues in Pitt County School reform. Please consider the following facts:
· The mean SAT scores for Black students in Pitt County are about 200 points below White students, and about 100 points below Hispanic students.
· About 25.7 percent of Black students in Pitt County pass both reading and math end of grade test as compare to 67.3 percent for White student in grades 3-8.
· Statistical trends indicate that Black students in Pitt County lag behind the state average for other Black students while Pitt County Schools demonstrate progress in improving test scores of the White and Hispanic groups but not Black students.
· About 62 percent of Pitt County drop outs are Black as compare to 31 percent for Whites, and 5 percent for Hispanics.
· Of a total of 9,275 short term suspensions about 79 percent were of Black students (about 54 percent of all suspensions were of Black males), 14 percent were of White students, and about 4 percent were Hispanic students.
· Only about 267 reportable offenses occurred in Pitt County Schools, including 128 in high schools, while there were about 9,275 suspensions (with 79 percent being Black students).
· Black students are more likely to receive an inferior quality of education, drop out, or get suspended for minor infractions that are subjectively determined by mostly White middle class female teachers.
About 55 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, and about 38 years after Teel vs. Pitt County Schools, Black students in Pitt County Schools still do not receive and equal education. Pitt County Schools recently acknowledged that Pitt County Schools have not eliminated all vestiges of de jure racial segregation. As a consequence our children’s futures are being destroyed.
There is a crisis in education for Black children in Pitt County Schools. We need your interest, support, and participation. Please join us on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at the C.M. Epps Recreation Center.
Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President
Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children