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Durham Mayor Takes Steps To Eliminate 'Divisiveness' In Bull City

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DURHAM, N.C. — Durham Mayor Bill Bell is examining ways to eliminate what he calls "divisiveness" within the community after outbursts, arguments and arrests have become commonplace at recent school board meetings.

Bell asked the Durham School Board to give parents more freedom to speak at meetings.

He also asked a local organization to withdraw its petition to change the way school board members are elected.

Bell believes the changes are necessary and he may consider asking the Durham City Council to pass a resolution supporting his requests.

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