As expected, the new Republican majority on the Wake County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 this evening to rescind the resolution expressing concern about resegregation of the school system.
Paul Coble, newly elected chairman of the board of commissioners, said it was time to remove the "political hammer" that was used by the prior Democratic majority to go after the school board for eliminating the diversity policy.
Coble said that commissioners should have run for the school board if they had wanted to get into student assignment.
"Let the school board go about doing its business," added newly sworn in Commissioner Phil Matthews, whose victory over Lindy Brown gave the GOP the majority on the board.
But Democrats decried the vote.
"It's a sad, sad day," said Commissioner Stan Norwalk, who had proposed the resolution that was approved in April, after today's vote.
Commissioner Betty Lou Ward said rescinding the resolution would be an insult to teachers and administrators.
By a 6-1 vote, commissioners approved a resolution asking the school board to follow "purpose and function" budgeting provisions. Stan Norwalk was the lone dissenter.
By a 4-3 vote, commissioners approved adding lifting or eliminating the cap on charter schools to the board's statewide legislative goals. It was a straight party-line vote after Norwalk unsuccessfully added an amendment saying charter schools should reflect the diversity of the community.
Click here for today's article of the meeting by Thomas Goldsmith.