Settlement near in class-action lawsuit involving black student achievement in Pinellas
A decade-old, class-action lawsuit against Pinellas schools may soon be settled out of court.
According to a tentative settlement unveiled Monday, both sides in Crowley vs. The Pinellas County School Board -- which alleges the district is failing to educate black children in violation of the Florida Constitution -- have agreed on several conditions, including future monitoring of black student progress by a black community group that is heavily involved with another major lawsuit.
Crowley was filed in 2000 on behalf of a black father, William Crowley, and his then-7-year-old son. It was filed by Burns, a powerhouse lawyer in securities litigation who also represented the National People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement –- better known as the Uhurus –- in its unsuccessful quest to open an all-black charter school.