Mandatory year-round school assignments are history in Wake County. The News & Observer reports on last night’s board meeting:

By a 5-4 vote, the ruling coalition approved a resolution that they added at the last minute to the meeting agenda. The measure says mandatory year-round assignments will end beginning with the 2010-11 school year. The resolution also ends the use of economic diversity in determining which students get priority for voluntary acceptance into year-round schools.

“This is what people are asking for,” said Chris Malone, one of four Republican-backed newcomers who swept into office last fall and altered the board’s balance of power. “This is why we were all elected the way we were.”

At the core of this decision is support for parental choice. Putting parents in charge of deciding what works best for their child and family is common sense. It’s a much needed step in the right direction for a system that works for some families but not for others.