Taxpayers Assoc. files school board complaint

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata
January 9, 2013 3:53:27 PM PST
The Wake County Taxpayers Association is taking on the school board's controversial firing of superintendent Tony Tata.

Tata was shown the door a few months ago after being hired by a Republican majority on the school board in late 2010.

A new Democrat majority on the board questioned Tata's leadership style - citing problems with a new bus transportation plan, implementation of a new student assignment policy, and said Tata did not encourage an atmosphere that allowed others to submit ideas for improvement.

Board Chairman Kevin Hill said the decision to fire Tata was not political, but Republicans called the decision partisan, and a waste of taxpayer's money.

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The group has filed a formal complaint with the accreditation firm AdvancEd and said this is another example of a dysfunctional school board that is not working together and is ineffective for the people of Wake County.

It's asking the group, which is responsible for accrediting Wake County high schools, to take another look into what they call questionable behavior by some board members. The group had already asked the accrediting agency to look into the ineffectiveness of the school board.

The school board responded by saying they were working together.

However, the association said all the recent stories involving alleged threats between certain school board members and public disrespect in some meetings.

The president of the association stopped short of suggesting certain school board members be removed.

"I think that they need to come in and see what's happening and then they make the recommendations. We're not trying to tell them what to do as far as actions, but we think they need to know all  of the facts before they make a decision so that they can make the right decision," Wake County Taxpayers Association President J. Russell Capps said.

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