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."