(Wake County Public Schools) Tata tells blacks he endorses diversity, to a point–Source: News & Observer

The next Wake schools superintendent repeatedly told leaders of the African-American community something they wanted to hear Saturday: that he values diversity.

Anthony J. Tata declined, though, to say that he would ensure that Wake’s schools have diverse student bodies, nor did he dispel suspicions among some that he been handpicked by the school board’s five-member Republican majority to help resegregate the school system. (Read more)

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(New Wake Co. Schools Superintendent) Tata touring Wake next week–Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — Anthony J. Tata, Wake County’s newly named schools superintendent, will make public appearances next week before schools staff, the board of education and other groups, including the conservative Wake County Taxpayers Association, board Chairman Ron Margiotta said Thursday.

Tata, 51, a retired Army brigadier general, will arrive Thursday and make as many as 16 appearances over two days, Margiotta said. (Read more)

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Former Army general named new Wake superintendent–Source: News & Observer

RALEIGH — A divided Wake County school board tapped retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony J. Tata today to be the new superintendent in charge of the state’s largest school system.

Mirroring many of the votes that have split them over the past year, the officially non-partisan board split 4-2 along party lines with Republicans backing Tata. Democrats Kevin Hill and Carolyn Morrison voted no.  Keith Sutton and Anne McLaurin were absent, complaining about lack of notice about the meeting, which was scheduled Tuesday. (Read more)

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