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Lawsuit over Wake school board seats tossed

Posted March 18

Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake, has proposed new Wake County school districts.

— A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over state lawmakers' decision to redraw the voting districts for the Wake County Board of Education.

The General Assembly last year approved a Republican-penned proposal that consolidated the school board's nine districts into seven, converting the last two seats into regional districts, one representing Raleigh and the center of the county and the other representing the outer ring of the county.

Republicans argued that the changes allow voters to select two school board members instead of just one. Democrats maintained that the redraw was a blatant political ploy to make the districts more favorable to Republican candidates.

Several Wake County residents sued, saying the redistricting was biased and illegal, but U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle dismissed those claims on Monday. He said variations in the population represented by each district don't violation the Constitution's one-person, one-vote provision and that he couldn't rule on claims of political bias.

The bill also moves school board elections from municipal elections in odd-numbered years to the general election in November of even-numbered years, starting in 2016. Members elected in 2011 will serve an extra year till 2016, while members elected last fall will serve only three years before facing re-election.

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  • uBnice Mar 19, 2:45 p.m.

    And let's hope that the Republican voters in those districts vote for a school board representative who is qualified and professional. Please no more of the non-qualified, barely functional people that have been recently shown the door.

  • uBnice Mar 19, 12:51 p.m.

    Lets hope the republicans take the school board and eliminate the top priority of the... View More

    — Posted by cringercat1862

    Wake County schools are 49.1% white, 24.4% black, 15.4% Hispanic. It is a rather ethnically diverse school system, though diversity is also measured by gender, religion, income, aptitude (you know, special programs for the elite - ), etc.

  • glarg Mar 19, 12:22 p.m.

    I look forward to voting against Kevin Hill- twice!

  • cringercat1862 Mar 19, 12:12 p.m.

    Lets hope the republicans take the school board and eliminate the top priority of the democrats....diversity in education. it has been a complete waste of money and caused hardships on too many families.

  • beaupeep Mar 19, 12:03 p.m.

    WRAL conveniently forgets to mention who brought this frivolous lawsuit and the group(s) they are affiliated with.