15 Years Later, Woes of Resegregation

Fannie Flono Charlotte Observer
Fannie Flono
Charlotte Observer

Fifteen years ago this month, U.S. District Judge Robert Potter issued a ruling that thrust Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools squarely into the midst of a challenging education and civil rights issue: school resegregation. On Sept. 9, 1999, Potter ruled that CMS must stop using race as a factor in student assignment, setting aside a 30-year-old federal school desegregation order. The 1969 Swann decision, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971, led to busing as a way to desegregate schools nationwide. Potter had fought Charlotte’s school desegregation. CMS appealed the Potter ruling. An appeals court panel largely…

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SOURCE: Charlotte Observer – Fannie Flono