No. 90-1464.

933 F.2d 219 (1991)

Yvonne M. ROUNTREE, Odessa Sickels, Lillie Brown, Plaintiffs-Appellants, and Lillie M. Vinson, Eunice E. Williams, Evelyn Russell, Gwendolyn Minor, Plaintiffs, v. FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Decided May 13, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carolyn Currie Egalin, argued (Edwin C. Brown, Jr., on brief, Brown, Brown and Watkins, Alexandria, Va.), for plaintiffs-appellants.

Thomas John Cawley, argued (Christine H. Perdue, Charles F. Martel, Hunton & Williams, on brief, Fairfax, Va.), for defendant-appellee.

Before ERVIN, Chief Judge, MURNAGHAN, Circuit Judge, and BRITT, District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, sitting by designation.

MURNAGHAN, Circuit Judge:

Appellant Yvonne M. Rountree and six other appellants (hereafter Rountree),1 all black teachers in the Fairfax County, Virginia School System, sought to apply for advancement from Career Level I to Career Level II. Successful advancement would have rendered them eligible for merit pay. Under the procedures set forth in the County's merit pay system, a system adopted in 1986, each teacher was evaluated on six separate...

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