House votes down bill giving ownership of Wake County (N.C.) schools to county commissioners

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Amid a tide of successful Republican efforts to change state government, the vote represented the apparent rejection of a GOP reach-down into county politics, an effort that would have changed the relationship between Wake’s two elective bodies.

House members from across the state were apparently unswayed by sponsors’ arguments — that Wake commissioners would buy land and build schools with greater professionalism than the school board, and that an upcoming Wake County school bond referendum would fare better with commissioners running the show.

Barring reconsideration of the measure, which had followed a twisted trail between chambers, it appeared unlikely to pass before the legislature adjourns, possibly later this week.

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