NAACP Plans National Conference On Schools In NC

The NAACP is bringing a national conference on education to Raleigh, where a debate over school diversity remains a live issue.

The civil rights group said Wednesday that its annual Daisy Bates Education summit will be held from Thursday through Saturday.

The conference will include representatives from 2,200 NAACP branches and units from around the country. NAACP national president Benjamin Jealous will deliver an address on Friday.

Wake County has been near the center of national debates about racial and ethnic diversity in schools. This year, a newly-elected school board voted to end the county's decade-old policy of busing for socioeconomic diversity.

The NAACP has led protests and filed federal complaints over that decision.

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