The Wake County School Board voted down a busing policy designed to increase classroom diversity.
The Wake County school board voted 5-4 on Tuesday to move away from the policy of assigning students to schools based on their socio-economic backgrounds.
The decade-old policy sometimes required busing students from distant communities to improve diversity.
At a March meeting where school board members voted 5-4 to scrap the policy, protesters said they were afraid the decision would result in more segregated schools. Three demonstrators were arrested.
State NAACP president William Barber says the vote is a move toward school resegregation.
Others were in favor of ending the forced busing policy.