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Tata’s apology a hopeful sign

As noted in this space last week, Wake County schools Superintendent Anthony Tata blew his cool and overstepped the bounds of his position when he wrongfully questioned the ethics of some school board members with whom he’s apparently been having some differences.

Happily, it appears that Tata has now backed off of his inaccurate and inappropriate attack. Last Friday, he signed on to a joint statement with the board members in question in which acknowledged the errors of his ways. Good for him.

Let’s hope it’s the start of a new and positive trend in the Wake County schools in which Tata works hard to implement the overarching policy choices made by his bosses — namely, the school board members and the people they represent.

As everyone can readily admit — everyone, that is, except perhaps the former conservative board majority that did its best to drive Wake’s school in to the ditch in record time — running a large and complex school system like Wake County’s is one of the most challenging tasks that can confront any public servant. Attempting to keep such a large and diverse system moving in the right direction without being completely overwhelmed by the demands of angry parents who want the perfect situation for their little Johnny and Jane is a superhuman task.

Let’s hope the Superintendent continues to work with the Board members he attacked in error in the months ahead so that all of them can get about attacking this Herculean challenge.  

 

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