Wake School Board Ends Busing To Achieve Diversity

School officials in North Carolina's capitol city have given final approval to a plan that would roll back the district's policy on busing students to achieve diversity.

The Wake County school board voted 5-to-4 on Tuesday night to back a new assignment policy that would focus more on placing students in schools near their homes. The vote came after a contentious public hearing in which three people were arrested.

A new board majority swept into office in November after campaigning against the district's diversity policy. The structure used socioeconomics to assign students -- sometimes to schools far from their homes.

The debate has heightened racial tensions, with the head of the state NAACP accusing the board of harboring "racist attitudes."

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  • by ??????????????????????? Location: raleigh on Mar 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM
  • by ??????????? Location: Raleigh on Mar 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    i know in some neighborhoods it is diverse but it's not like in that one neighborhood it's diverse like we have white,african americans,asians,puetor ricans, salvardons,etc(hispanic),jewish,hindis,Amins,Pacfic Islanders, Christains, Protestants,Jains,Muslims, rich,poor,tall,short,etc. you don't have all that in a neighboorhood so at school you have people who all those things also when we go to neighboorhood schools we want have the choice no more to have to go either traditional , year round school (go to school eight-ten weeks then get out 3-5 weeks),magnet, or modified. Even though by then im gonna be in high school when this happen. I don't want my little sister going through this.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    Finally a SB that knows what the heck they are doing. They are going to save millions and the children are going to benefit. The only losers are the adults that turn this into a race issue but they are losers anyway so it makes not difference.
  • by This Dog Smokes Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    Way to go Wake county. Whether a person is for or against "Diversity", who would want to ride a bus or drive across town and county to school. Why should "diversity" and "helping your fellow neighbor" include adding extra burden to those who unfortunately were picked to make that long drive. In regards to a comment on losing federal funding; shouldnt really matter since we have the great Education fund backed by the lotery. Ooops i guess thats another subject.
  • by School Location: ENC on Mar 24, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Busing has never been a success.. because it was forcing something on people. That will never work. There does need to be equal spending for schools, so everyone has the same chance to succeed. All this really starts at home...for if you have parents who don't care, it will not matter where you go to school.
  • by COLLOSUS Location: Somewhere on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    To No PC-We as "African-Americans are just as competent as any race of people. We do not have to prove that to anyone, especially you! What Wake and other scholls have to prove is that if they follow thru with this policy that all fundings are equal. Using property values as a funding formula is not fair. My fear is that would be next on the school board's formula. Then I will join the fight against them. Also, when it time for the community schools to fiels their sports teams they need to stay in their community. Do not come to the hood to get their athletes!
  • by Lynda Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    i grew up in Wake county and had to ride a bus from Cary to east raleigh everyday, and that was after my parents drove me to the bus stop (of which there was only two) which was over a mile from my house. the other bus stop was at cary high school! tell me how that makes sense?! keep kids in schools close to home. if the NAACP wants diversity in schools they should encourage their members to stop segregating themselves by where they live.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    To PC, What would the NAACP have to fight about then?
  • by ME Location: NC on Mar 24, 2010 at 06:37 AM
    This is how it should have been to begin with.
  • by sdg Location: ENC on Mar 24, 2010 at 05:15 AM
    1. If you don't get a 'free-bee', it isn't racial. As a retired educator, this return to normalcy is great. 2. Community schools work if the 'parents' [and therein lies so much of the problem] will support the school, stop whining and discipline a child with accountability.
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