Plaintiffs Appeal in Halifax County Leandro Litigation

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On February 22, the plaintiffs in Silver et al. v. Halifax County Board of Commissioners announced they are appealing the dismissal of their education equity lawsuit filed last August.  The suit, based on the North Carolina Constitution’s guarantee that every child be provided the opportunity to secure a sound basic education, argued that the county commissioners’ maintenance of three inefficiently funded, racially segregated school districts in Halifax County undermines educational opportunities guaranteed by the constitution and the state supreme court’s landmark Leandro decisions.  Read about the dismissal.

The plaintiffs, the Coalition for Education and Economic Security (CEES), the Halifax County Branch of the NAACP, and three parents and guardians of schoolchildren, explained the reason for the appeal in an open letter to the Halifax County community: “From our perspective, if county commissioners can skirt this responsibility, then there is no way to assure that the state constitution can be enforced at the local level.  And if it is not enforced by those who take an oath to maintain it, our Constitution becomes empty words.”

The plaintiffs, who have been fighting for education justice in Halifax County for several years, concluded by saying, “we are open to any ideas that achieve fairness and quality education for all children.  We know what exists now isn’t working.  It’s high time to consider alternatives.”

The North Carolina Court of Appeals is expected to hear the case later this year.

Posted by Brent J. Ducharme on Wed. February 24, 2016 11:14 AM
Categories: Education, Halifax County, Leandro, Segregation
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