Supporters of socioeconomic diversity are hoping to block passage of Wake County's new student assignment policy by requiring a two-thirds vote by the school board.
There would seem to be five votes on the nine-member board on Tuesday to approve the revised policy to make proximity a priority while eliminating references to socioeconomic diversity. But six votes is unlikely.
Members of the board minority have asked board attorney Ann Majestic for her legal interpretation of whether a two-thirds majority is needed to change the policy. They haven't heard back from her yet.
Those same board members had made similar arguments to try to unsuccessfully block March's passage of the community assignment resolution.
Board policy says you need two-thirds support to suspend a policy. But I can't find where in policy that it says more than a simple majority is needed to change a policy.
Part of the issue is that, before December, 5-4 votes on policy changes were not common. But no requirement for a two-thirds majority was invoked several years ago when prior boards fought over sex education changes.
The board had voted 5-4 in 2002 to amend the healthful living curriculum. A new board voted 5-3 in 2004 to modify the policy again.