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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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An Epilogue and Conclusion

An Epilogue and Conclusion

(p.109) 8 An Epilogue and Conclusion
End of Consensus

Toby L. Parcel

Andrew J. Taylor

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter briefly discusses the repudiation of the Republican-backed board in the 2011 and 2013 elections and the events in between. It summarizes the central findings and revisits the book's main themes with special attention being paid to social capital theory. It also speculates on the future of the county's public schools, particularly with regard to their assignment policy. Explosive population growth, elevated partisanship and politicization of local matters, and a growing and increasingly coordinated opposition to the existing school board majority and its decisions, particularly those surrounding diversity in student assignments, brought about tremendous change in board composition and many policies. The board elected in 2009 found governing difficult, and Republican control lasted only two years. Despite the establishment of a pro-diversity majority after 2011, however, the old policy was not immediately or completely revived.

Keywords:   Wake County, public schools, Republican, social capital, student assignment policy

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