Audit: Failed charter school mismanaged taxpayer funds – AP

The Political Agitator response: All I can say is DAMN! Unbelievable!

RALEIGH — A failed Kinston charter school that mismanaged money for years got $667,000 in taxpayer funds months before it shut down, then paid the couple who headed the school $11,000 while other employees were owed $370,000, state auditors said Wednesday.

The Office of State Auditors looked into the finances of Kinston Charter Academy after it closed in September 2013. The State Board of Education is considering suing to recover state funds the school got for the 2013-14 academic year before it was shuttered and to ask lawmakers for increased financial oversight, Chairman Bill Cobey said.

“We plan to seek legislation this year to strengthen our authority in situations where a charter school is on probation for financial difficulties,” Cobey said in a prepared statement. “This would allow us to quickly cease expenditures if necessary.” (Source: Read more)

Reparations? I Like This Rev. Ozie Hall Jr. The Reason Why And The Amount Sounds Reasonable!

Response: I love it thank you Rev. Ozie Lee Hall Jr. for this message.

I believe the Black community must become self-sufficient. However, the mathematical reality is that Black people are owed a debt. Any reasonable analysis of the uncompensated contributions that Blacks have made to this nation indicate that every single Black American man, woman, and child (descendants of slaves) in equity is owed more than $1 million each. If this nation had to pay Black people what we are actually owed, this nation would be bankrupt. Jeff, for you to support cuts in unemployment benefits for Blacks, for you to support denying Blacks access to health care, for you to support cuts in aid to Black families, and you to support cuts in education funds for Black children and adults makes your statements that you support reparations for Black people sound ludacris. The Conservative and Republican agenda and actions directly attack the Black community. When you say "you welcome the change they’re bringing," the change they bring is Anti-Black. Therefore, there is an inconsistency when you say you support reparations but would support denying Black people basic subsistence. Do the analysis Jeff. I have to view this as you are just making wild statements to be controversial?

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REPARATIONS Quotes by Rev. Ozzie Hall Jr.

Understanding the economic reality of social class in America is significant to understanding why reparations are important to African Americans. Reparations will level the playing filed. Most State Legislatures, and local governments have made formal apologies for slavery, jim crow segregation, and official discrimination but have not paid compensation. – Rev. Ozzie Hall Jr. Wednesday February 20, 2013

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said of Preachers "we have the ears of more people than anybody else in the community, week after week. If we would commit ourselves." Our people are being trained to serve Preachers who lack social consciousness, and who in many cases are completely morally bankrupt. Also, the public education system does not teach us our history. All the institutions in our community that training our minds teach us self-hate. We as a people don’t yet have the capacity to argue for reparations because we have only superficial knowledge of our past. – – Rev. Ozzie Hall Jr. Thursday February 21, 2013

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Pitt County Schools has filed a motion for a declaration of unitary status with the U.S. District Court, Attend Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children Meeting Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pitt County Schools has filed a motion for a declaration of unitary status with the U.S. District Court.  This is a major event for Black Children and Parents in Pitt County Schools and is an overt attempt to avoid their duties to eliminate the vestiges of racial segregation.  Please attend the Coaltion meeting on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the C.M. Eppes Recreation Center, 400 Nash Street, Greenville, NC  27834.

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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2012:

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children
Contact: Mark Dorosin, UNC Center for Civil Rights: 919-225-3809/919-843-7986

On May 7, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a published opinion in Everett et al. v. Pitt County Board of Education affirming the efforts of African American parents and community members to stop Pitt County Schools from implementing its 2011-12 student reassignment. The UNC Center for Civil Rights represents the Pitt Coalition for Educating Black Children and several individual parents of children attending Pitt County Schools.

“This is a great victory for the people,” said Mark Dorosin, Managing Attorney at the Center. “The court affirmed what decades of desegregation law, from Brown vs. Board of Ed. to the present, require: that a school district which remains under a desegregation order has an affirmative duty to eliminate the vestiges of racial discrimination, and until the court rules that the district has fulfilled that duty, current racial disparities are presumed to be the result of the past unconstitutional conduct.”

In the 1960s, a federal district court found that Pitt County Schools was operating a racially segregated school system in violation of students’ constitutional rights. The court approved desegregation plans designed to “eliminate the racial identity” of the schools and administratively closed the case. In 2008, the case was reactivated when a group of white parents filed a complaint with the Department of Justice claiming that PCS’ use of race in its 2006-2007 student assignment policy discriminated against their children. The Center then intervened on behalf of the Coalition and African Americana parents. In 2009, the parties reached a settlement agreement approving the race-conscious assignment policy. At that time, the district court found that the district still had not remedied the vestiges of race discrimination and ordered the parties to work together toward “eliminating the vestiges of past discrimination to the extent practicable.” The parties were also ordered to report back to the court in December 2012.

This appeal challenged PCS’s 2011-2012 Assignment Plan, which focused on: 1) school proximity; 2) building capacity; 3) academic proficiency; and 4) an impact area of 14 out of 36 schools. Despite the Coalition’s push for the plan which would yield the best diversity and academic proficiency, PCS selected the plan that increased or ignored racial isolation in several schools and opened a brand new school, Lakeforest Elementary, as a high-minority, low performing school. In April 2011, the Plaintiffs filed a motion to stop the reassignment, arguing it would violate the active desegregation order and in fact resegregate students. In August 2011, the district court refused to hold the district to its affirmative duty to complete the integration of its schools and denied the motion. Plaintiffs appealed to the Fourth Circuit.

The Court of Appeals held that the district court “committed legal error by failing to apply, and requiring the School Board to rebut, a presumption that any racial disparities in the 2011-2012 Assignment Plan resulted from the School Board’s prior unconstitutional conduct in operating a racially segregated school district before 1970.” The court affirmed that School Board retained its affirmative duty to “whatever steps might be necessary to convert to a unitary system,” and emphasized that “in the decades following the issuance of Teel and Edwards [the original desegregation orders in the case], the School Board has yet to discharge this obligation and demonstrate to the district court its attainment of unitary status.” The court also noted that the district court’s request for the parties to submit “a report” is “not at all a clear indication that the district court will fully and finally resolve the issue of unitary status in December 2012.”

The Court of Appeals vacated the district court’s August 2011 decision, and remanded the case back to the district court for “reconsideration and, if appropriate, further development of the record,” with instruction that the burden is on the School Board to establish that the 2011-2012 Assignment Plan moves the district toward unitary status. “We will continue to stand up for our children,” said Melissa Grimes, a named plaintiff and elected officer of the Coalition. “It is so good to have the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals stand up for them with us today.”

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Victory on Preclearance Pitt County Public Schools

Greeting:

We are pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Justice has informed Pitt County Schools that the reduction of the Pitt County Board of Education from 12 to 7 members will have a discriminatory impact on Black voters in Pitt County (See: attached complaint by the Coalition and attached letter from U.S. Department of Justice). The Lord has blessed us with a great victory for Black children in Pitt County. We thank the Lord and all our friends and supporters. Prayer changes things.

Sincerely,

Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President
Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

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Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

Community Forum Discussion on the Future of Black Children in Pitt County Schools Sponsored By: Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children

Dear Pitt County Community:

The purpose of this letter is to request your support and participation in a matter that warrants your immediate scrutiny and attention. In December, 2012, the Pitt County Board of Education will submit a report to federal District Court Judge, Malcolm Howard, outlining its progress toward “Unitary Status.” The Judge will subsequently consider whether to lift a more than forty year old federal school desegregation Order.

As the class Plaintiff representative, the Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children, has to decide whether we should continue to fight to keep the Court Orders in place and compell Pitt County Schools to stop practicing discrimination against Black children and their families.

The achievement of “Unitary Status” would means that Pitt County Schools has done everything that it possibly could, and has eliminated all vestiges of de jureracial segregation that is possible. In the 2010-2011 school year, Black students in Pitt County experienced a 205 point achievement gap on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for college entrance, a 40 point achievement gap on grades 3-8 State mandated End-Of-Grade (EOG) test, and increase in the black high school dropout rate of 62% of all Pitt County dropouts in 2008 to 65% of all dropouts in 2011. Black students are 79% of all out of school suspensions. The Black student population has increased to about 50% of all students while the district systematic exclusion of Black teachers results in a teacher workforce of about 15%. The district has made zero progress in increasing the percentage of Black teachers over the past 10 years.

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 143 of the Leslie Building, Pitt Community College main campus we will be holding a Community Forum Discussion on the Future of Black Children in Pitt County Schools. We expect to be joined by representatives from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for Civil Rights, the National Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights, the State NAACP, and other local leaders. We need you to support and protect Black children in Pitt County.

The future of Black Children in our schools is such a crucial issue that we are personally appealing to Clergy, local business leaders, parents, and the community to come out and hear what’s going on and share your own experiences.

Very sincerely,

Rev. Ozie Lee Hall, Jr., President
Pitt County Coalition for Educating Black Children
P.O. Box 1699
Winterville, NC 28590

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