The North Carolina NAACP, which has been an outspoken advocate for well-funded diverse public education, is weighing-in on the Wake school board’s decision to sever ties with Superintendent Tony Tata.
Here’s an excerpt from the press release issued by the civil rights group:
‘The North Carolina NAACP and its friends and allies in the faith community commend the Wake County Board of Education for the poise and grace with which they handled the difficult issues raised by Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata’s performance as Superintendent of the Wake County Public School System. As is the case with the rest of the public, because this is a confidential personnel matter, we do not know all the factors that went into this decision and cannot speak for the board. We do know leadership is important. If any school system, business or organization is not functioning at its fullest potential and carrying out the best practices towards the fulfillment of its primary mission and vision–leadership must be held accountable by the governing board.
During his tenure we did try to reach out to former Superintendent Tata and we acknowledge that he did meet with us despite our noted educational policy disagreements. We respect Brig. Gen. Tata as a person, public servant and wish him Godspeed. We now urge everyone to focus on the needs of our children, our families, our teachers and our schools as we go forward.’
You can read the full release here.