Affordable Housing, Transit Touted to Help Achieve Diverse Schools

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Nov 30, 2015

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A coalition of mostly Democratic elected officials and community activists is promoting increased affordable housing and public transit instead of student reassignment as ways to help keep up with growth and maintain diverse Wake County schools. …

“One of the reasons that our transit system is so broken is that it just is not a functional system,” said Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson, a Democrat. “So one of the conversations that we want to have is how do we build a more robust transit system, and then how do we integrate that to our schools and to our recreational areas and to the destinations where people want to go.”

The Wake County Board of Commissioners is expected to put on the ballot in 2016 a referendum requesting voter approval to raise sales taxes to pay for more transit options.

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