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End of ConsensusDiversity, Neighborhoods, and the Politics of Public School Assignments$
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Toby L. Parcel and Andrew J. Taylor

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622545

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622545.001.0001

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The Great Split

The Great Split

Election 2009 and its Aftermath

(p.77) 6 The Great Split
End of Consensus

Toby L. Parcel

Andrew J. Taylor

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the events of the 2009 school board election and its aftermath. It begins by examining the 2009 campaign, which brought about the unified county system's first Republican-affiliated and conservative-leaning school board majority. It then discusses efforts of the new Republican-affiliated board majority to transform the school system's policies, particularly on general assignment. These were not completely successful and were often met with robust opposition. The chapter presents interview and survey data to explain citizen attitudes toward the school board. It demonstrates that residents were split in their support for the Republican-backed board. The findings provide an important part of an emerging picture regarding the lines along which Wake's consensus had dissolved.

Keywords:   2009 school board election, Wake County, Republican, general assignment

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