A federal appeals court decision to re-examine a case questioning whether the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education has successfully integrated schools has caused chaos for officials trying to plan where students will attend school next year.
The 10-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided last week to hear the case that previously was ruled on in November by a panel of three judges.
The panel reversed a 1999 court decision ordering the district to stop integration practices -- such as busing.
The case questions whether the school board has followed the historic 1971 U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering the integration of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.
The white parents filing the suit claim the school district is integrated -- meeting the court order.
But others claim the school system is not fully integrated -- meaning the court order still applies.
Luke Largess, a lawyer representing the black parents involved in the case, said he thinks most people are confused about the current case.
"Everyone casts it as a busing case," Largess said. "The case is about 'has the board done what the court ordered it to do,' and if not, how to fix it."
He also stressed that this case would establish a precedent for what school systems must do to satisfy a court order.