Elizabeth Haddix, an adjunct professor at the UNC Center for Civil Rights and legal counsel for the complaints, said the board gave no reason for rejecting the reassignment plan in May.
“It is hard to explain their rejection of those plans as anything other than discriminatory based on the chain of events leading up to their May 2015 decision,” she said.
STORY SO FAR
2013: The Harnett County School Board begins discussions on reassignment to alleviate racial imbalances
May 2015: The school board rejects a plan to help reassign the district’s most segregated school.
Oct. 30: Harnett County NAACP and Citizens for Harnett Educational Fairness file a federal civil rights complaint.
Erika Wilson, an assistant professor in UNC’s law school, said in an email racial segregation puts minority students in a position of disadvantage with regard to their education — but all students are impacted by racial segregation.
“Racial isolation and segregation in schools also harms white students by limiting their exposure to people who are not like them and reifying a white supremacy,” she said.