A recent Duke University study is giving high marks to the Wake County school system's old socioeconomic diversity policy.
The study found that the racial balance in North Carolina’s public schools has remained steady since 2005-06. But the study also that students are increasingly separated by income.
Amid this picture, the Duke study notes that "Wake County, with its longstanding policy of busing for economic balance, maintains relatively integrated schools." In contrast, the study found that "districts that have pursued more choice-driven plans in lieu of busing, such as Charlotte-Mecklenburg, have higher rates of racial imbalance."