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Equality in sports crucial for schools

By Jackie Drake

The Daily Reflector

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While Pitt County Schools sports programs have generally demonstrated equal opportunity the past 10 years, some extra-curricular activities may present vulnerabilities when the district goes to court for a formal ruling on the overall equity of its system.

“Most all of our schools have come to some level of equitable competitiveness,” Superintendent Beverly Reep told the Pitt County Board of Education at its March 21 meeting. Reep presented 10 years' worth of data on sports across the district, the latest installment in a report on the district's progress toward unitary status, or the official elimination of the dual system of segregation.


The district's 1970 desegregation orders were never formally closed out and lay dormant until a 2005 attendance plan based on race and ensuing complaints revived the issue. A 2009 settlement found that the district had not fulfilled the original orders, and a federal judge gave the district until December 2012 to prove that its system is unitary and provides equitable educational opportunities for all students.

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