Don't think that today's court hearing is strictly about whether the Wake County school board majority violated the state's Open Public Meetings Law.
The lawsuit is an all-encompassing attack on the new majority's actions over the past few months. It's readily apparent in the affidavit filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Christine Kushner, a magnet parent who had applied for the school board opening now filled by Carolyn Morrison.
In her affidavit, Kushner attacks the majority for just about everything that has occurred since December. She cites a variety of board votes, including the community schools directive, the student reassignment changes, abandoning Forest Ridge High, the ending of Wacky Wednesdays, the placement of Supt. Del Burns on administrative leave and the layoffs of the Project Enlightenment employees.
Kushner calls the "reassignment without proper public input" and "rewriting decades of desegregation policy" the most dramatic actions taken by the new majority.
"The new Board majority has repeatedly said it would not segregate our schools, but with these reassignments, that is what they have begun to do," Kushner writes.
Click here to read Kushner's affidavit.
The plaintiffs are asking for a preliminary injunction so a decision could come as soon as today. If Wake County Superior Court Judge Bill Pittman grants the injunction, the question is whether he'll also throw out the March 23 and May 4 diversity votes in addition to ordering that Tuesday's meeting be moved to a larger location.
The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 5C in the Wake County Courthouse, 316 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. It's a pretty small courtroom. I don't know if anyone will be streaming the hearing.
FIXED LINK FOR KUSHNER'S AFFIDAVIT