WRAL.com reported last evening that the controversy swirling around the dismissal of former Wake schools superintendent Anthony Tata might somehow have an impact on school funding.
The story quoted conservative Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble as indicating that the move could interfere with the commissioners approving a needed bond referendum for next year. Coble called the dismissal “a slap in the face.”
Let’s hope Coble isn’t truly serious. While high emotions during such a tumultuous week are perhaps understandable, the notion that conservative county commissioners would punish students and teachers for years to come over a personnel disagreement is, by any fair assessment, outrageous.
As the story also noted, the Wake schools continue to grow at a rapid pace with thousands of children joining the system every year. Let’s hope that adults of all political persuasions put the events of the last few days aside when making decisions about how to handle such a critical challenge. And let’s also hope that Tata, who has supported a new bond, does the honorable thing and counsels Coble and his conservative friends to calm down.