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Reply #4: I live in Wake County and you could see this coming. [View All]

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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-11 03:49 PM
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4. I live in Wake County and you could see this coming.
Over the last 2 decades, the huge growth in Wake County resulted in numerous school realignments.

In some areas, kids were reassigned to new schools almost every year, often separating kids from one side of the street from their best friend on the other side of the street.

So that frustration was an underlying factor. And "fixing" that problem was an easy sell. All else being equal, EVERYONE would like their kids to go to a GOOD neighborhood school. And in this area, most of the neighborhood schools are very good schools (notice the reference to a "hand-full" of high poverty schools in the quote).

And so, with Tea Party backing, the far right exploited the frustration with frequent school reassignments (an understandable frustration), to basically reintroduce segregation in Wake County.

As an aside, Wake is a "purple county" at the local level, and Obama won big here with something like 57% to 42% over McCain.
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