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.