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IndependentAmerican Sep 27, 2012
I still wonder if we can get the board members - or maybe the democratic party - to pay for Mr. Tata's severance. Nope, us taxpayers are going to foot that bill.... I'm sure the Wake County budget had that extra surplus just waiting to be given away. Was his performance really that bad that we had to pay an extra $250,000 to stop him?
ConservativeVoter Sep 26, 2012
For those who talk about their premier schools in Wake County, they need to talk to my sister and brother-in-law about what happened when they moved their rising fifth grader from Brassfield to a school out of state in one of the best performing school districts in the country based on test scores.
Brassfield is one of the highest ranked elementary schools in Wake County.
Their daughter has been struggling all year to keep up, yet she made straight A's for K-4 at Brassfield in Wake County.
Wake County may be good but students from Wake County have a hard time adjusting to better schools in better performing counties.
Guess what, that county has 240,000 population with 24 elementary schools and has no magnet schools or socio-economic diversity (race) based busing.
This county has neighborhood schools and the only busing is within each school's attendance area.
Doing more research, Wake County has a reputation because of it's diversity program, not it's classroom performance.
grandmanp Sep 26, 2012
How are so many of the Board members also State employees. I do not live in Wake Cty and want to be sure that we are not paying for their Wake cty service. As a former state employee I know they should be using leave time or leave without pay. Is anyone checking on this?
wwgirl3636 Sep 26, 2012
No..its not time to move on..as a parent to a special needs child Mr. Tata was a big supporter and was in the works of keeping our children on the front line instead of pushing them towards the back where they don't belong. Once again this is not fair for our children and oh yeah have you forgot all that money that is now wasted...another thing the majority knows how to do..waste my money..I say keep the heat on them!!!!
kpquiller Sep 26, 2012
Sign this petition if you think the School Board handled this completely wrong. Show your support to Tony Tata! He was the only person who cared about WCPSS's children. The only person who EVER responded to my emails regarding the busing fiasco. Never got a single response from any one on the board... only Tata.
batcave Sep 26, 2012
Well, gee.... we could start with the fiasco with the buses.
Wendellcatlover Sep 26, 2012
"He added that the decision was the result of an "epic failure" of the board and is not a reflection of Tata."
Really? Ya think??? The Wake County School Board is a joke! It's not because of Tony Tata! It's because there are a bunch of thumb-sucking, tantrum-throwing mor@ns on the school board! Tata never had a chance. So what are we gonna do? Start from scratch....again?????
hereinraleigh Sep 26, 2012
I'm disappointed in this decision since we don't know anything about how it happened. I think any failure of the school district right now doesn't fall on the Superintendent, but on the BOARD.
And everyone here who is blaming one party or another is contributing to the problem. If you throw your bias for Democrats or Republicans or Libertarians or whoever - you're as bad as the board in my opinion. If you can step back and look at the facts and not holler and rant and rave about democrats suck or republicans suck, then we stand a chance to fix the problem. But as long as "you" make it as R vs D, the kids in the school district will never win.
free2bme Sep 26, 2012
Tata is gone and it is time to move on. There are many more qualified people for this job right in our area. School administrators should be people who have experience as educators in my opinion. As a former teacher, I know the plight of teachers today. Unless you have been in a classroom, you really can not understand the challenges teachers face from day to day educating young people. I still don't think Mr. Tata did such a horrible job considering his background is not directly educational operations. He is still much more qualified than Tedesco who is running for superintendent of public instruction. Regardless, it is time to move FORWARD and focus on educating the children of Wake County.
Logical insider Sep 26, 2012
While I do enjoy the partisan hyperbole a cursory examination of information presented to the public would show cause example1:the old new REP( although technically non partisan) assignment plan provided for transportion & school choice. That plan also called for a change in school start times and a decrease in the number of buses and routes. That logic would allow for three houses lined up side by side in the same subdivision to choose three different elementary schools in three different areas of the county on three diff calendars with three different start times to have, at taxpayer expense three separate buses to drive those children to school. The result would be exactly what happened. Year round schools begin-no problem, modified calendar schools start,--- no problem, -- add traditional schools problem. Then rather than have the school board that approved the plan, and the Sup take responsibility, fire the guy in charge of transportation. EVERY school level employee saw this.
teleman60 Sep 26, 2012
Just like Washington -- republicans blow up the country, democrats are elected to fix it, republicans then denounce and demonize democrats for trying to fix the situation they created!
And people like foghatt close their eyes, drink the gop koolaid and click the ruby slippers 3 times. "there's no place like..."
foghat001 Sep 26, 2012
Another reason to remove Democrats from all public offices!
how-i-see-it Sep 26, 2012
Mr. Tata was brought on board by the Republican members of the school board. It was a strictly partisan move on their part. He was inexperienced and had never served as the superintendent of a school district, much less one as large as Wake Co. I think the latest fiasco with the transportation was good enough reason to fire him. Who removes buses when a new system of school assignment (with kids being bused all over the county) begins, not to mention more kids coming into the district? Some people have complained about paying Tata's severance pay. What about all the money spent by the Republican run board to look for a new superintendent....as well as money paid to consultants about this new choice plan, etc. I personally think any money spent getting rid of Mr. Tata is well spent. Now the board needs to find an experienced superintendent who knows something about educating children!
ncketters Sep 26, 2012
Wake County has become a laughing stock of school districts. Do these board members who voted to fire Tata think we are all fools? Jim Martin lies through his teeth saying this is not a "personal" decision and Susan Evans with her vast experience of 10 months, sheds a tear over how difficult this was for her. This was a setup from the gitgo. This school board has just proven they don't give a whit about the students; they revel in their sense of power. Does anyone know how to get a recall vote going? They just threw over $500,000 down the drain. I urge all residents to VOTE NO on the bond issue. I agree with Tedesco; I wouldn't trust these fools with my lunch money!
wildpig777 Sep 26, 2012
politically hired, politically fired- no biggie - it's bizness as usual- just look to bev perdue cuz you know --she's in it for the children......
now you folks in wake county oughta do the right thang and RE-ELECT NO ONE WHO'S CURRENTLY ON THE BOARD. profound huh?
joycet Sep 26, 2012
I am so glad my children have graduated. I am so embarrassed by how childish the last 2 school boards have been. This is not a good reflection on Wake County and I believe it will discourage people from moving into the area.
rhess2 Sep 26, 2012
Tony Tata was a political hiring to begin with to carry out the agenda's of the then Republican controlled School Board. Now the Democrat controlled board appears to have exercised their political will perhaps because Tata didn't entirely support their agenda's. Regardless they have an obligation to tell County taxpayers the exact reasons he was fired. So far they have chosen not to do so. The drama played out over the years by the School Board has become a fiasco and Nationwide embarrassment.
rand321 Sep 26, 2012
Tata's hiring was purely a political move by the GOP board and his firing appears to be the same. Neither board is focused on the long term plans for the schools and how to best educate them at the lowest possible costs to the taxpayers.
VOTE NO on the BONDS!
Nancy Sep 25, 2012
Mr Tata won the hearts and support of many teachers and even those who were against his hiring in the first instance.
He was a steady hard working and serious superintendent, bent on helping teachers and students first.
superman Sep 25, 2012
The vote to hire him was also 5-4 that should have given him a clue that he was not hired by a landslide vote of the board. He started out on the wrong foot by making two of the new board members angry. He has been here two years and has been paid 500K so dont you think maybe he should be able to name at least a couple things he has done right? People who have worked and had a job realize that it is the bad or negative things that you do or dont do that get you fired. I dare say one girl friend or one mistress would end my 20 year marriage. The fine example is being set by the angry parents who expect the school system to cater to their personal needs and schedules. The problem here is that the board is more interested in pleasing the parents. Parents who act like children themselves.
fmpinkham Sep 25, 2012
I consider myself a Democrat-leaning moderate, and as a parent I think this is a ridiculous partisan decision, as well as being not in the best interest of all children in Wake co. I approved of moving to base schools with proximity choices - there were legitimate reasons for the change. This, however, is just petty and harmful.
879wins Sep 25, 2012
It won't be long before those who voted against Tony are out too. That's how it works. Enjoy it while it last.
fcsmith44 Sep 25, 2012
My relatives from around the state have asked me what is wrong with Wake County Schools. They are laughing at our mess and politics.
Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Sep 25, 2012
We need a recall vote. Can someone please make that happen?
Ken D. Sep 25, 2012
General Tata was hired for purely political reasons, and he was fired the same way. Is the current school board partisan? Of course. Just like its predecessor. Sadly, it will now always be partisan, and we will lurch back and forth between two competing ideologies, to the detriment of our children.
Who is to blame for this. We are. You and me. It's that simple. As long as the major political parties are dominated by liberals and conservatives, we will never get any better. Both ideologies are bad for America.
Nancy Sep 25, 2012
Mr. Tata, the teachers and students will feel a horrible impact with your departure, you gave them what they needed and you even gave teachers a small bonus as you could find the money and cut administrative staff. You did a great job in 20 months, you will not be able to be easily replaced, if at all.
terrie Sep 25, 2012
I don't have a horse in this race, but first this was a POLITICAL hire to begin with, so you can't go crying about that now. Personally, I don't see how anyone would back hiring a superintendent that had ZERO education experience .. oh other than a certificate for completing a leadership seminar.
Exactly. Tata was a political hack hired by political hacks and he may have visited every school in the county but he never listened to what educators said.
redoit2000 Sep 25, 2012
Wow, never thought I would say Thank God I'm in the Durham County School District!
imtiredofit Sep 25, 2012
We elect the school board, why not elect the School Superintendent too? That way the decision as to who to hire will be made by the voters and any recall would have to be done by the voters also. The board just couldn't fire on a whim.
bandido Sep 25, 2012
And we wonder why the teachers don't get raises.
Another fine decision by a group of people who base all their decisions on politics. What ever happened to doing the right thing for our children.
timmystrickland402 Sep 25, 2012
time for new school board members when its time for them to try to get re-elected
Screw WrAl Sep 25, 2012
"If they will do this, wonder what is next."
Easy question, another assignment plan that gives you no choice as to where your kids go to school once your base doesn't have room for you. Many will experience this next year.
Glad to help.
swray001 Sep 25, 2012
Wake County will be one of the worse school systems in the state. When you let a party decide who needs to go, that is obserd. Democrats want everything done their way, or the highway.
shortcake53 Sep 25, 2012
If I were him I would feel relieved. Good riddance to all this rubbish. I wish him well in his future.
Wacky_dood Sep 25, 2012
What a mess this is turning out to be.
I don't see a compelling reason to fire the man. How are they planning on getting a good replacement when they fired this man for no good reason?
UNCfuturealumi Sep 25, 2012
This man, Tony Tata is a class act. Not one that voted to oust him will ever compare to the attitude, the drive that this man has. He will be welcome to almost any school district, however he may have gotten burned so bad by NC dems he will never want to walk that walk again
Native NC gal Sep 25, 2012
The idea that this wasn't a partisan action is laughable. This is why I hate politics.
The Wake County School Board is a joke.
nbcteacher Sep 25, 2012
The actions of Hill and Evans completely contradict the words they spoke when they ran for office. They both were intent on settling a score with Mr. Tata from day 1. And to think some of us actually believed that they were running because they cared about the children of Wake County....unbelievable.
jtd1969 Sep 25, 2012
At least when this vote went down all board members were able to vote...
themacs Sep 25, 2012
There are many people who have not been able to speak publicly about some bad things going on in and through Central Office because they have feared for their jobs. But now that that fear has been lifted, the picture will be become much clearer.
Nancy Sep 25, 2012
Kevin Hill lied on both counts - reverting back to diversity plans and firing Tata
(night he was elected):
The question before the Tuesday's election was if Democrats re-took control, would Hill and other the other Democrats on the board seek to undo the new school assignment plan approved by the former Republican majority and possibly fire new Superintendent Tony Tata.
Hill has said no on both counts. He told ABC11 that Tata's job is safe, and he's doing a good job as superintendent.
"I have no reason for him not to stay. I've been on the record. I like Tony. I think he's come in and done a good job under difficult circumstances," Hill said Tuesday night.
In an October interview, Hill said only small tweaks would be made to the assignment plan.
bigfella Sep 25, 2012
This is why the Wake County School System is a national joke
ConcernedNC12 Sep 25, 2012
1. So glad both of my kids are finished with and survived Wake County Public Schools. and either be home schooled or go to private schools.
2. The ENTIRE school board needs to be dismissed and replaced with a board that is not elected by party, i.e., their political affiliation should never be mentionede - only their qualifications.
3. If the comments on this site are any indication of what kind of suupport your decision has from the people (and parents) of Wake County - you have your answer.
4. Were you really thinking about the best interest of the children when you made this decision or just your own selfish wants and desires?
5. You just lost any credibility you ever had and made our school system a complete laughing stock! Congratulations!
Screw WrAl Sep 25, 2012
Kevin Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Evans email@example.com
Jim Martin Jmartin4@wcpss.net
Tell them how you really feel.
wily2002 Sep 25, 2012
Can cities like Apex and Cary break away from this system to save our kids the trouble? Our kids does not deserve that!
onlymy2cents Sep 25, 2012
well it is getting close to cut off time, and as a Wake County tax payer, I haven't heard any factual evidence to inline me to vote in favor of any education bonds that might be asked for by the current BOE. Maybe this information will be presented soon.
Still waiting to hear how today's event benefit your kids......
Screw WrAl Sep 25, 2012
Let's repeat this for the late comers,
"This whole thing would not have happened if Kevin Hill kept his word, what a liar."
Smokin Sep 25, 2012
Man, am I glad I don't live in Wake county!!!
ConservativeVoter Sep 25, 2012
This is going to go on until the partisan democrats on the school board realize that the goal of a school is to educate.
It's not to be used for social re-engineering projects to attempt to fix all of societies problems.
peterpepper Sep 25, 2012
These Democratic board members are setting a fine example for the school children, this is BULLYING at it's finest.
God bless you Tony Tata, you will prevail !
Published: 2007-10-05 09:38:00
Updated: 2015-01-14 14:37:58