Wake County Schools

New superintendent will meet Wake taxpayers Jan. 6

Posted December 30, 2010
Updated January 5, 2011

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— The incoming superintendent of the Wake County Public School System will make his first public appearance in the Triangle Jan. 6, when he addresses the conservative Wake County Taxpayers Association.

Anthony Tata, a retired U.S. Army officer who was chief operating officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools, was named to the post on Christmas Eve.

He takes the job at a time of political tension on the Board of Education and budget pressure from the county and state.

The school board moved in February to change a long-standing policy of assigning students to schools across the county to maintain socio-economic balance. Opponents of that policy and the Republican majority on the board saw regular shuffling of students and the resulting, sometimes long, bus rides as unacceptable. 

The board has signaled a desire to assign students to schools by simple geographic proximity, but they have thus far failed agree how to go about it.

The Democratic minority on the board and a vocal segment of the public has been against the change entirely, arguing it will create de-facto segregated schools.

With the state facing approximately $3.5 billion in budget cuts, Gov. Bev Perdue has asked all state agencies to draw up a list of spending cuts of between 5 and 15 percent.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said a cut of only 5 percent would equal layoffs for more than 400 teachers and 73 teaching assistants in the Wake County system.

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  • rebelde80 Dec 30, 2010

    Just wait... soon burgers in the schools will cost $35-50 dollars, just like military burgers.

    I am glad to see that Tata is already showing who owns him by bowing before his masters. Good luck, WCPSS. I am not sure if I will stay in the area if schools don't improve. WCPSS used to be one of the number one reasons people moved to the area. If things change you will quickly see property values drop. Then funding dries up and you get a vicious feedback loop.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 30, 2010

    "Tata didn't make them HIS priority. Tata is THEIR priority. The goal, is to destroy public schools, to get the caps removed from private schools. There is a LOT of money to be made from the taxpayers for private school vouchers. The Wake County booty is being sought by Art Pope. And supported by the Tea Party as well as the GOP. It is not some hidden agenda. They have publicly said they want to remove caps across the state. Then private schools can be funded by tax payer money for a hefty profit."

    How do you get things so wrong? Our current model based on cost is absolutely the most expensive way to deliver education and our nation keeps falling further and further behind other countries in results. Charter schools and vouchers is absolutely the best way to go and will be much less costly.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 30, 2010

    too bad, the county could have eliminated this position and put the money into the classrooms.

  • blackdog Dec 30, 2010

    "The WCTA has actively campaigned against school funding for years, leading the efforts to defeat school bonds. Why on earth would Tata make them his priority? Disgusting."

    Tata didn't make them HIS priority. Tata is THEIR priority. The goal, is to destroy public schools, to get the caps removed from private schools. There is a LOT of money to be made from the taxpayers for private school vouchers. The Wake County booty is being sought by Art Pope. And supported by the Tea Party as well as the GOP. It is not some hidden agenda. They have publicly said they want to remove caps across the state. Then private schools can be funded by tax payer money for a hefty profit.

  • quaten Dec 30, 2010

    First thing to find out: which matters most to him - parental voice or student voice? Will he solidly choose one or pony up some blended mixture?

  • rand321 Dec 30, 2010

    I would love to see how he is going to find and fund a billion for new schools and millions more to pay for the increased funding needs for poor schools.

    we are going to end up like the Charlotte schools with more budget cuts, more busing and school closure and consolidation to fix underperformance.

  • rand321 Dec 30, 2010

    Lets hope he does not bring a bloated staff to the WCPSS like the Pentagon command structures. We have more generals, contractors and more spending for general aides than we have ever had before.

    Please, we do not need to pay bloated DOD prices for basic goods and services.

    While our military may be great at subduing the enemy, they are far from the best fiscal managers around!

  • lunarmodule Dec 30, 2010

    The WCTA has actively campaigned against school funding for years, leading the efforts to defeat school bonds. Why on earth would Tata make them his priority? Disgusting.

  • blackdog Dec 30, 2010

    Can it be any more obvious ?...

  • rhess2 Dec 30, 2010

    Already Anthony Tata before he starts his job as Wake Co. Schools Superintendent is politically aligning himself. Picking the conservative Wake Co. Taxpayers Association sends a signal he may not be interested in acting in the best interests of all County taxpayers. Perhaps the conservative republican majority on the School Board picked his first public appearance for him. I believe it is imperative that any superintendent of all school systems take into consideration the concerns of the various segments of the population that represent the student body and parents.

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