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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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