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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.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:36pm]


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