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Student assignment plan still set to pass today

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It looks like the Wake County school board still has enough votes to approve the new student assignment plan today.

The plan appears to have at least six yes votes, including all five Republicans and Democrat Carolyn Morrison. School board vice chairman John Tedesco said that, despite his recent concerns, he'll vote for the plan.

The question is how Morrison's fellow Democrats will vote. For instance, school board member Keith Sutton said he hadn't decided how he'd vote and quipped it would be a "game-time decision."

It's expected that board member Kevin Hill will vote no, or at least vociferously raise concerns about the process used. I haven't heard back yet from board member Anne McLaurin.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.