Based on Cathy Truitt's emphatic declaration that "forced busing" is dead, supporters of the diversity policy are in pretty bad shape right now.
As noted in today's article, Truitt said that no matter who wins the runoff in District 2 the new board member will support neighborhood schools and oppose the diversity policy. That would guarantee a five-vote majority for neighborhood schools.
Truitt's talk about supporting diversity and outreach to Horace Tart's supporters has given diversity policy supporters at least some hope of salvaging the situation.
But Truitt's idea of maintaining diversity and preventing school resegregation is greater use of magnet schools.
While John Tedesco said he's not going to scrap the magnet program, he's got problems with the way it's now being used. He's thinking of using it as a way to help achieving students instead of as "a false tool for socio-economic distribution of kids."
Current school board members are hoping to get the new ones to move off their campaign rhetoric. But new board member Chris Malone said they're committed to bringing neighborhood schools to Wake.