Shortly before 1 a.m., the Wake County school board passed a modified student assignment directive that still calls for a move to a base school plan.
Democrats compromised by dropping wording in the original first paragraph that says it would convert from a choice-driven plan to an address-drive plan in 2013-14. The directive now says "begin developing a revised Wake County student assignment plan for the 2013-14 school year" without mentioning the base schools.
But the directive still includes wording in the last paragraph telling staff to propose "a multi-year address based student assignment plan." It also still calls for setting academic achievement targets and socioeconomic factors.
The vote was 5-4 along party lines with Democrats voting yes and Republicans voting no. Board member Debra Goldman said it could have been unanimous if they had used "may consider" instead of "shall include" in several areas.
Click here for the version of the story that was posted online after the vote.