The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children is also sending mixed messages about Friday's dismissal of the lawsuit against the Wake County school board.
In a press release late Friday, the CCCAAC, said the group was "saddened" by the dismissal. But the group also said it was "pleased" that Judge Pittman had found the board to be "in violation of Open Meetings Law." (They're the ones who bolded it.)
Like the statement issued Friday by the attorneys for the plaintiffs, the CCCAAC is focusing on the three unreasonable actions that Pittman said had been made by the board. But those actions were corrected before the suit was filed.
In addition, Pittman worded his decision very carefully, repeatedly using the phrase "alleged violations."
"The Court cannot conclude on this record that the Board engages in continuous violatlons of the Open Meetings Law or that past violations, if doy, will reoccur," Pittman wrote.
Keep in mind that Gerald Wright, the CCCAAC's executive director, was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Here's the group's press release:
For Immediate Release
The Coalition Of Concerned Citizens for African American Children is saddened by the decision of Judge Pittman to dismiss the Open Meetings Lawsuit; however we are pleased that the Court found WCPSS Board’s was in violation of Open Meetings Law and the violations are as follows:
1.A ticketing procedure requiring a ticket holder to remain on the premises for hours preceding a meeting is unreasonable.
2.Complete exclusion of members from the public meetings of the COW prior to the meetings is unreasonable.
3.Failure to make accommodations for members of the public who are disabled is unreasonable.
The CCCAAC is pleased to know that the Wake County Board Of Education is taking reasonable actions to correct the past violations of The Open Meetings Law.
We strongly encouraged parents, citizens and taxpayers to continue to closely monitor the actions and decisions of the Wake County School Board Of Education in addition to studying the system policies and procedures of local and state laws that govern our children's education and elected officials. The CCCAAC encourages parents to attend the bi-weekly Wake County Board of Education meetings and Board committee meetings.
CCCAAC believe that children benefit when they attend schools that are economically and ethnically diverse.