Parents react to firing of Wake Superintendent Tony Tata

Tony Tata

By Annette Newell

They're parents of 150,000 students in Wake County schools. Some are upset, about the latest development: the firing of Wake Schools Superintendent Tony Tata.

“I just want things to return to the way they were. We were top three in the nation, and you know, things are a lot different now. I hope, I hate to see anyone lose their job, but hopefully things will get better,” said Trevis Bailey, a father of two Wake County students.

Some parents and students feel like they've been going around in circles since the beginning of the school year, with an endless loop of unanswered questions. And they don't think that firing Tony Tata is going to put a stop to it.

Rich Berg is a parent of two children in Wake schools. “When I communicate verbally with somebody on the phone it never gets resolved, I've sent emails, they never get followed up on,” said Berg.

Berg says for five weeks, he's been trying to get answers about when his daughter's bus is supposed to show up. Daughter Sophia Berg said, “There was a lot of kids actually aside from just our bus who were still coming in when half of our first class was already over and it was quite distracting.”

Rich Berg wrote to the school board even before the firing of Tony Tata, telling them this was a transportation problem, not a political one. Rich Berg said, “They need to forget about politics they need to think about the kids they need to think about all kids equally.”

The Wake School system is rapidly growing and already ranks among the top twenty largest school districts in the country.

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