News and Observer: Lawsuit filed against Wake school board

From the Raleigh News and Observer (5/6/10): A group of Wake County residents filed a lawsuit this morning accusing the Wake County school board of violating state law by restricting public access to a March 23 meeting in which a resolution was passed calling for community schools.

In the lawsuit filed in Wake County Superior Court, the residents say the school board violated the state Open Meetings Law by requiring people to get tickets to attend the meeting. During the meeting, the board passed by a 5-4 vote a resolution calling for the creation of community-based schools and the end of the district’s socioeconomic diversity policy.

The lawsuit asks the court to throw out the vote.

The citizens are represented by the ACLU of North Carolina, Southern Coalition for Social Justice, NC NAACP, UNC Center for Civil Rights, NC Justice Center and multiple private lawyers.

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