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Wake schools bill advances in Senate

The state Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill letting the Wake County Board of Commissioners take control of school construction away from the school board.

An earlier bill passed by the Senate that affected Wake and eight other counties has stalled in the House. Senate Republicans revived the issue by changing a totally different bill about school funding into one giving construction authority only to the Wake commissioners.

β€œThe intent, of course, is to allow the school board members to have more time to focus on education needs and the Wake County Commissioners β€” the more business-oriented folks β€” to be able to focus on the real estate, construction and site-acqusition needs for the county,” said Sen. Neal Hunt, a Raleigh Republican.

The bill passed 26-9 along partisan lines with a final vote taking place Monday. Read more here.

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