Wake commissioners weigh in on community-based schools

Posted April 19, 2010 11:11 p.m. EDT
Updated April 19, 2010 11:44 p.m. EDT

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— The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Monday took a stand against the school board's plan to set up community-based assignments.

A measure by commissioner Stan Norwalk expresses "deep concern over any attempt to re-segregate Wake’s public schools by either race or socioeconomic status."

The board's three Republican members voted against the measure, which basically puts the commissioners' concerns over community-assignment zones on the record.

The Wake County School Board recently voted 5-4 to move away from an economic diversity policy that has been part of student assignment decisions for a decade.

The school system bases diversity calculations on the number of students in a school who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, which are federally subsidized and depend on family income.

Opponents of community-based assignments say they fear it will lead to re-segregation. Newly elected school board members, who voted in favor of the change, insist that they have no plans to segregate students.