School board election heating up

WAKE COUNTY Members say they have to fight back against re-segregation and that means collecting votes for a former candidate who doesn't want the job.

Candidate Cathy Truitt had chosen to take part in a November runoff after front-runner John Tedesco didn't get a large enough majority to prevent it. But last week, she had a change of heart and officially backed out.

Tedesco is expected to vote with the new elected majority of school board members who favor community schools.

Both Tedesco and the NAACP are passionate about improving schools and making them diverse, but they seem to be divided about how to achieve that.

The group wants Truitt to win, so that the current school board will decide whether busing stays.

The NAACP sponsored a march in downtown Raleigh Friday night in an effort to have their voices heard.

"We just feel real strongly that the system that we currently have in place has been a good solid one and very well thought out," diversity supporter Julie Snee said.

Erin Byrd and her sons joined the more than 100 others on Martin Street and ended their rally at a nearby church.

They support the current policy that buses students to promote diversity in classrooms.

"Without this … I don't think I would be in school with some of my friends," Hausson Byrd said.

Tedesco is also making a last push before next week's election.

"I talked to our parents in our African American communities," Tedesco said. "They don't want their kids half way across the community.

"But at the same time all communities aren't equal in terms of their assets and their resources," Erin Byrd said.

The outcome will be decided on election day Tuesday.

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