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Last night the Wake County Board of Education voted to end the school system’s long-standing student assignment policy. About 80 people spoke at a heated public hearing before the board voted 5-4 in favor of an assignment model in which students go to schools within a certain community zone. Newly elected board member John Tedesco said the majority’s vision for a new model of neighborhood schools is to give parents choices. He said busing students to achieve diversity hasn’t been working.

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