Wake schools debate goes before appeals court

February 24, 2011 10:33:23 AM PST
Supporters of the old Wake County diversity policy took the school board back to court Wednesday in connection with the board's decision to end its socio-economic diversity policy.They are hoping an appellate court will overturn a previous decision to throw out their lawsuit over North Carolina's Open Meetings Law by restricting access to a March 2010 meeting, where the school board passed the resolution for community based schools.

At one particular meeting there wasn't enough room for all the people who showed up, and critics say the Wake County school board intentionally kept the meeting in a space that was not big enough to accommodate the large crowds.

A lawsuit over the matter was brought before a Wake County Superior Court two months later, but the judge ruled that the fact the board made its meeting available on television and over the internet for people to watch and provided overflow rooms was a reasonable attempt to accommodate large crowds.

Click here to read the ruling (.pdf)

However, supporters of the old diversity policy disagree and want to reverse the dismissal. They also want a preliminary injunction declaring that the school board violated the open meetings law.

The judges did not rule on the matter Wednesday and it could be up to three months before they do make their decision.

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