NAACP alleges race issues in Wayne County schools

Posted February 24, 2011 10:05 p.m. EST

— The North Carolina division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says a recent audit highlights more problems with the county’s schools, especially in the Goldsboro district.

“Our complaints allege evidence of race-based intention. We feel the current application of Title One funds for Goldsboro High School further supports that allegation,” said Charles Wright,  of the NAACP.

The NAACP filed a complaint in 2009 saying some Wayne County schools were allowed to re-segregate, violating students' civil rights.

The United States Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice are investigating. 

Earlier this month, the Department of Public Instruction told WRAL that it was investigating millions in federal stimulus dollars, spent by different school districts.

Wayne County topped the list, with $1.4 million in question.

A Wayne County school spokesman said the school system did nothing wrong and that the audit focused on reporting procedures and had nothing to do with money spent.